‘Not in­volved in sex de­ter­mi­na­tion test’

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The mem­bers of In­dian Ra­di­o­log­i­cal and Imag­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (Navi Mum­bai and Raigad chap­ter) ex­pressed their dis­sat­is­fac­tion with gov­ern­ment bod­ies for al­legedly vic­tim­is­ing in­no­cent ra­di­ol­o­gists who don’t have any con­nec­tion with sex de­ter­mi­na­tion tests.

By hold­ing a press con­fer­ence at Vashi on Thurs­day, they said that sev­eral doc­tors have been pe­nalised un­der the Pre-Con­cep­tion and PreNatal Di­ag­nos­tic Tech­niques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994, for mi­nor cler­i­cal er­rors in the past three years.

“In Navi Mum­bai alone, 15 such cases were reg­is­tered by the NMMC in three years. Of the 15, three doc­tors were convicted while the rest were ac­quit­ted,” said Dr Ashok Patil, a pa­tron and for­mer pres­i­dent of Ra­di­o­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of Navi Mum­bai and Raigad.

“A ra­di­ol­o­gist has to sub­mit forms of the sonog­ra­phy he does in his clinic to NMMC ev­ery month. Dur­ing ver­i­fi­ca­tion, if the ap­pro­pri­ate author­ity of NMMC finds that a phone num­ber or ad­dress men­tioned Mem­bers of In­dian Ra­di­o­log­i­cal and Imag­ing As­so­ci­a­tion protest at Vashi on Thurs­day.

on the form is in­cor­rect, they take ac­tion against the doc­tor. Such details are given by the pa­tients. How can doc­tors be held re­spon­si­ble?” he asked.

The as­so­ci­a­tion has re­quested the Union Min­istry of Health and Fam­ily Wel­fare to look into such mat­ters and take the req­ui­site steps.

“Un­der the PC and PNDT Act,

non-uni­form im­ple­men­ta­tion has re­sulted in seal­ing of many ul­tra­sound ma­chines de­priv­ing ra­di­ol­o­gists of their liveli­hood. It is be­com­ing im­pos­si­ble for us to con­tinue prac­tis­ing with the fear of un­fair pros­e­cu­tion,” said Dr Lax­man Thadani, pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“If gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials con­tinue to ha­rass hon­est ra­di­ol­o­gists,

we will have no op­tion but to stop prac­tis­ing. Why should an hon­est ra­di­ol­o­gist go to jail for no fault of his?” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Thadani, a kit can be pur­chased on­line with which a per­son can con­duct sex de­ter­mi­na­tion test at home. “The avail­abil­ity of such kits has be­come mock­ery to ex­ist­ing Act,” he said.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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