MBBS docs have to pass test to per­form ul­tra­sound, those who fail to be trained

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro - Anonna Dutt anonna.dutt@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Delhi gov­ern­ment will con­duct tests for MBBS doc­tors per­form­ing ul­tra­sound within the next cou­ple of months. The doc­tors who fail the test will have to un­dergo a six­month train­ing at a gov­ern­ment ap­proved in­sti­tu­tion.

The test will be held in two parts – the theory will hap­pen about a month from the date of no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the test and the prac­ti­cal will hap­pen a month after that.

The gov­ern­ment has al­ready recog­nised 12 cen­tres for the train­ing course, in­clud­ing hos­pi­tals such as Saf­dar­jung, Dr Ram Manohar Lo­hia and Univer­sity Col­lege of Med­i­cal Sci­ences. Pri­vate hos­pi­tals like Sir Gan­garam, Ba­tra and Apollo have also been iden­ti­fied for the train­ing course.

“The doc­tors who have spe­cialised in ra­di­ol­ogy and ra­dio di­ag­no­sis should be per­form­ing ul­tra­sound. For the MBBS doc­tors, the six-month train­ing is ac­tu­ally man­dated un­der PC-PNDT (six months train­ing) rules,” said an of­fi­cial from the Delhi gov­ern­ment’s health depart­ment.

“But we haven’t been able to im­ple­ment it as there were sev­eral pe­ti­tions against the de­ci­sion. Al­though, there are other cases pend­ing, a Supreme Court de­ci­sion on a PIL or­dered the states to im­ple­ment the Act,” the of­fi­cial added.

Cur­rently, around 20% of all doc­tors per­form­ing ul­tra­sound fall un­der this cat­e­gory, mean­ing around 400 doc­tors will have to take the test in the com­ing months.

“Ra­di­ol­o­gists study for three years to do di­ag­nos­tic pro­ce­dures like ul­tra­sound, CT and MRI. How can some­one who hasn’t been trained in it do a test? IRIA has al­ways main­tained that the six-month train­ing must be made manda­tory so that pa­tients re­ceive qual­ity care,” said Dr OP Bansal, out­go­ing pres­i­dent of the In­dia Ra­di­o­log­i­cal and Imag­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (IRIA).

Ac­cord­ing to him, most per­sons con­victed in sex de­ter­mi­na­tion cases are non-ra­di­ol­o­gist. “Last year, we sent an RTI to all states in In­dia and the data re­ceived sug­gested that in 87% of cases the per­son do­ing sex de­ter­mi­na­tion is not a ra­di­ol­o­gist,” he said.

The doc­tors who have spe­cialised in ra­di­ol­ogy and ra­dio di­ag­no­sis should be per­form­ing ul­tra­sound. For the MBBS doc­tors, the six­month train­ing is ac­tu­ally man­dated un­der PC­PNDT (six months train­ing) rules. AN OF­FI­CIAL FROM DELHI GOV­ERN­MENT’S HEALTH DEPART­MENT

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