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Bangalore: Doctors challenge PC-PNDT Act provisions, High Court stays exam

Bangalore: Doctors challenge PC-PNDT Act provisions, High Court stays exam

Bangalore:  Following the proceedings of the petition filed with the Karnataka High court, the court has ordered a stay on the exam that was supposed to be conducted by the State health Department on 18th June,2016 under the provisions of the PC-PNDT Act. This exam has to be taken by all sonologists (except PG radiologists) if they wish to be registered under the PC-PNDT Act and practice ultrasound in the state.

This comes after the recent decision of the Delhi High Court, that practically allowed an MBBS doctor to register as a sonologist under the PC-PNDT Act and practice in the capital without having to go through any exam or training. A petition is reported to have been filed with the Karnataka High Court, seeking similar effect in the Karnataka. The petition has been filed by Dr Latha Natrajan and 33 other Sonologist practicing in the state challenging the six months training and the corresponding exam that is to be conducted by the state health department on June 18th, 2016.

Medical Dialogues Team had reported earlier that ,On February 18th, 2016, decision of the Delhi High court came out whereby the hon’ble court declared section Rule 3(3)(1)(b) of the PNDT Rules (as it stands after the amendment with effect from 9th January, 2014) as ultra vires to the extent it requires a person desirous of setting up a Genetic Clinic / Ultrasound Clinic / Imaging Centre to undergo six months training imparted in the manner prescribed in the Six Months Training Rules. It further stated that Section 2(p) of the PNDT Act defining a Sonologist or Imaging Specialist, is bad to the extent it includes persons possessing a postgraduate qualification in ultrasonography or imaging techniques – because there is no such qualification recognized by MCI and the PNDT Act does not empower the statutory bodies constituted there under or the Central Government to devise and coin new qualification.

Read Also : Delhi High Court Judgement clarifies who can do an ultrasound

The petition referring to the above judgement has asked for similar directions in state adding that the sole object of PC-PNDT act is prevention of modality for the purpose of sex determination and not defining who can do an ultrasound and who cannot.

DH reports that the petitioners have sought directions to quash the notice dated April 27, issued by the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, calling all medical practitioners who are already registered for conducting ultrasonography in a genetic clinic or ultrasound clinic or imaging center to register for the competency-based evaluation

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    Dr Geraldine Sanjay MD June 29, 2016, 5:45 pm

    One has to keep in mind the whole purpose of this Act is to protect the unborn girl child.
    The unethical & unscrupulous use of usg has led to the distortion in the male/female ratio & the murder in the Womb of millions of girl babies…..
    How can we protect our children in the Womb is the Question …..& who is responsible for the current dismal scenario .

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    Dr.rajlaxmi sharma June 18, 2016, 10:48 pm

    It’s high time to change pcpndt act.

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    Dr. Urmila Gitay June 16, 2016, 11:41 am

    usg is a modern day stethoscope. only mbbs docs are allowed to do usg. the volume of work available for radiologists remains the same. why are we squabbling amongst ourselves. will the radiologists be able to give good quality services if the volume of work goes up drastically.

  4. Ultrasound is a modern day stethoscope required by drs from different specialty.it is not a domain of a single department.and for a population of 125 crore we have 8000 approx radiologist. They cant cover all areas esp rural ares.every district have hardly 4 to 5 radiologists and they too work in urban areas. Regarding competency exam it is like asking a judge or a secy to the govt that look when u wrote exam for judicial services or ias the minimum qualification was graduation. Now rules have changed and kindly write MA exam and reappear for judicial exam or ias exam before u pick up next promotion. Who is going to buy this logic. Than why members from medical fraternity.

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    Dr Revathi prasad June 16, 2016, 6:57 am

    Why targeting Only doctors, why not other professionals
    There is scaricity of radiologist even in urban metropolitan cities like Bangalore, where the radiologists r available only in day time, that too on appointment basis,
    How about managing acute emergencies like severe bleeding with incomplete abortions, intrauterine Fetal demise, retained placenta, missing IUDs, molar pregnancies need emergency evacuations under ultrasound guidance,

    Ectopic pregnancy ruptured in shock need gynaecologist with experience inUSG & proper diagnosis to save the patient,

    Precious pregnancies especially with Bad obstretic histories, precious pregnancies conceived after infertility needs repeated USG for position of gestational sac & repeated heart beat check in early gestation is mandatory

    Hence USG machine is a basic life saving tool where every gynaecologist has to be given a proper training on basic USG skills for day to day practice
    Where they r able to operate do LsCs, d&c other basic surgeries immediately after PG, I think doing basic ultrasound should don’t require any special trading if they r doing every day

    Only for a anamoly & NT & NTd scans, & dopplers radiologists or well trained gynaecologists are required& should be legalised
    Should not depend onradiologist in emergency & odd hours

    I feel every gynaecologist should know basic ultrasound, to tackle many obstetric emergencies.

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    Dr a.k.tibrewal June 15, 2016, 8:14 pm

    If radiologists plea is that only they should do usg, then what about those who don’t had usg, ct or mri scan during the pg in their institutions. In fact, many of the radiologists had their usg training at the clinic of mbbs doctors

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