Govt to in­form HC about steps to con­trol path labs

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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.

On Fri­day, the Hero TOI Green Drive will come to Delhi with 25,000 saplings to be planted at DDA’s Kamla Nehru Bio­di­ver­sity Park. Sim­i­larly on Sun­day, 20,000 saplings will be planted at the DDA’s bio­di­ver­sity park in Tugh­laqabad. In to­tal, 1 lakh saplings will be planted in Delhi across five bio­di­ver­sity parks in part­ner­ship with DDA and Cen­tre for En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment of De­graded Ecosys­tems (CEMDE). Th­ese in­clude the Aravalli bio­di­ver­sity park, the new South Delhi bio­di­ver­sity park and Ya­muna bio­di­ver­sity park as well.

The drive, which be­gan in Delhi, has

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