Govt to inform HC about steps to control path labs
New Delhi: Delhi government is likely to inform the high court on Friday about the steps taken by it to regulate pathology laboratories and clinics in the city.
This may include government’s plan to implement the Delhi Health Bill 2019 – a modified version of the Centre’s Clinical Establishments Act – to regulate all diagnostic labs, nursing homes and hospitals. A revised draft of the Bill was posted on the government’s website recently for public comments.
Ahead of the court hearing, the government has listed out the details of pathology labs functioning across the city. “Citizens can report to the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) or the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) if they find that the reports provided by a lab is not signed in accordance with the existing rules,” said an official. He added the reports of the advanced category and medium category laboratories are to be signed either by doctors registered with the DMC having post-graduate qualification in pathology, bio-chemistry, microbiology, lab medicine or having MBBS with PhD qualification in pathology, biochemistry, microbiology, lab medicine.
“The reports of basic composite laboratory are to be signed by doctors registered with DMC having minimum MBBS degree,” the official said.
DMC registrar Girish Tyagi said at present the labs operating across the city aren’t covered under any law. “We can only act on complaints against the doctors and not on the clinics,” he said. feet there, the drive has grown consistently with each passing year. So far, it has seen over 8.9 lakh tree saplings planted across different cities in the country. This year, the Hero TOI Green Drive kicked off its 5th edition in Chennai on August 31, 2019, seeing 1.5 lakh saplings planted at Mahindra World City. Overall, 3 lakh saplings will be planted across Chennai, Delhi and Indore this year to boost the green cover further.
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