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Dissolve paramedical council, says pathologists’ association

Council accused of supporting labs where technicians sign pathology reports

pune Updated: Sep 05, 2018 16:45 IST
Nozia Sayyed
Nozia Sayyed
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The MAPM members have threatened of a hunger strike if their demand of dissolution of the Maharashtra Paramedical Council (MPC) is not fulfilled within 15 days.(HT Representative Photo)

The state association of pathologists and microbiologists has accused the Maharashtra Paramedical Council (MPC) of not properly monitoring various laboratories in the state. According to Maharashtra Association of Pathologist and Microbiologist (MAPM), there are multiple laboratories in the state which are governing illegally as the reports made by these laboratories are allegedly being signed by the lab technician themselves, which is a violation of the Supreme Court order.

The MAPM members have threatened of a hunger strike if their demand of dissolution of the Maharashtra Paramedical Council (MPC) is not fulfilled within 15 days. The MPC which was established in the month of July 2017 is yet to register members and is still in the formation of rules and regulations for itself.

Elaborating the allegations, Dr Sandeep Yadav, president of the MAPM said, “The state paramedical council is working illegally. They are functioning and supporting illegal activities (of laboratories). There are around 60 per cent laboratories in the state that are run by mere laboratory technicians which is illegal.”

The association has written to all the state authorities demanding to dissolve the council and failing which we will be forced to go a hunger strike in the coming days, Yadav said.

He added, “In the letter which we drafted to all the officials in the month of August, we have stated that the president of the council himself is not a practising pathologist, and runs an illegal laboratory in the city of Nagpur where he also signs the medical reports of patients which is a threat to the lives of those ill. This is not acceptable and hence the state officials should take action against such people and the council with immediate effect.”

Besides this, he also mentioned that the state council has threatened all district collectors across the state and even municipal commissioners, to not take any action against any laboratory that is run by a technician. The council does not have any authority to do that and it is not right, he added.

As per the Supreme Court’s order in December 2017, reports should be only signed by a registered pathologist ad not a technician and the state of Maharashtra is supposed to follow the same norms, but they are denying the order, he added further.

When contacted, Dhananjay Kulkarni, Maharashtra Paramedical Council president, said, “The council is just formed in the month of July last year. We are yet in the formation and finalisation phase. We are aware of the allegations made by the association and we will reply to them in the court.”

Besides this, when asked about him being a technician himself and signing off reports, he said, “There is a dearth of pathologists in the entire country and we technicians are the saviors as we work in remotest areas possible, in not only the state, but anywhere in the country. We will soon come up with a GR and rules for all the technologist and technicians who know what to follow and which reports can be signed.”

Also, since our council was established before the Supreme Court orders were passed, it cannot be forced upon us and are not applicable to us in the state of Maharashtra, he added.

When the state official, Dr Praivn Shingare, director of medical education and research (DMER), was contacted, he said, “The complaint has been received by the association and we cannot dissolve the body as it is a state governed body. The council will continue to remain.”

First Published: Sep 05, 2018 16:32 IST