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Maharashtra: Govt revokes order calling for ban on technicians running pathlabs

Maharashtra: Govt revokes order calling for ban on technicians running pathlabs

Mumbai: Just a few days after taking out an order stating that DMLT holders would not be allowed to run pathlabs, the Maharashtra government seemed to have done a turnaround on its own decision. A fresh circular was taken out on Friday, which implied that the government is still not sure about its previous decision and may consider allowing technicians to run pathology labs in the state after all.

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The reason for the turnaround of the order points out to lack of registered pathology doctors in the state, especially in the rural areas. As per the new order there are only 2271 registered MD pathologists in the state, while the number of pathology labs in the state surpass 50,000. Moreover, it implied that most of the registered doctors work in the urban areas, and majority of the services in the rural areas are being provided by Diploma in medical laboratory technology ( DMLT) and Certificate in Medical Lab Technology (CMLT) holders.

Hence keeping in mind the well-being of the patients, especially in rural areas, government justified in taking back its blanket ban.

This decision has clearly not been accepted by Maharashtra Association of Practicing Pathologists and Microbiologists (MAPPM) , who have alleged that the government has succumbed to the pressure of a powerful lobby.

“It is unfortunate that the state chose the interest of a few people over the health of citizens. The reality is that many are pursuing DMLT and CMLT (Certificate in Medical Lab Technology) after completion of class 12 and class 10 and running labs. We have often come across erroneous reports, including a case where an individual committed suicide after he was given a false HIV-positive report,” Dr Sanjay Yadav, President, MAPPM told TOI.

“There are only 3000-odd legal labs in the state. The state must act towards cracking down on illegal labs instead of trying to legalize those run by unqualified people,” he added.

While removing the blanket ban, the state has proposed regularization of DMLT holders running pathology labs. The state has decided that once the Maharashtra Paramedical Council Act, 2011 comes into effect, DMLT holders who register with the council will be allowed to run labs and certify reports. Having said that, it becomes important to point out that while the state has passed the Act in 2011, Maharashtra Paramedical Council is still not come into being.

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  1. I am sure MCI is against M.S.c Medical Postgraduate but NABL is given them permission to sign the reports so MCI should keep in mind that there is difference between technician and M.S.c degree holders and cannot stop them from signing Medical reports

  2. IF DMLT IS COLLECTING SAMPLES, PROCESSING IT , PREPARING REPORTS AND ALSO GIVES TO PATIENT THEN WHY CANT HE SIGN THE REPORT ?
    THERE ARE 30,000 PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES IN MAHARSHTRA ,,,IS ANY PATHOLOGIST GOING THERE ,,NO .
    THERE ARE ONLY 400 TO 500 WORKING PATHOLOGIST AND MORE THAN 50000 DMLT LABS …..

    WHO WILL GIVE THEM JOBS …..AND WHAT ABOUT THE PATIENTS SHOULD THEY TRAVEL IN KILOMETERS TO RECEIVE REPORT AND SHOULD WAIT FOR 2 DAYS FOR EMERGENCY REPORTS ….
    NO BODY CAN CLOSE DMLT LABS ……

  3. investigations form the basis for treatment…hence it cannot be taken lightly.

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    Dhananjay Kulkarni June 1, 2016, 11:23 pm

    Maharashtra paramedical council act of 2011 bill no 66 already already passed in 2012 by house and it’s attested by Hon.president of India in January 2016 and ordinance about same was issue by Hon.governor of Maharashtra in February 2016 and is in final stage for implementation all over in Maharashtra in which clearly mentioned above council and act established by Maharashtra government for the registration of paramedical practitioners including DMLT qualification holders those are recognise by board (MSBTE) and university established by law and recognise by government of Maharashtra. Even after all this fact on what basis secretary shri Sadashiv Banke issue order regarding the action on laboratory run by DMLT qualification holders it’s a big question.Hon medical education minister shri Vinod Taode clearly says to Hon.chief minister shri Devendra Fadanvis while ordered to cancel the same Hon.minister also not knowing about this fact. How its possible? It means under pressure of Maharashtra association of practicing pathologist and microbiologist through their president played this dirty business some ex. Ministers and the person who is closed with Hon. Minister medical education involved in this deal ? Or government have no control on burocrats still they work under pressure of ex. Power full politicians for their visited interest if any.Hon.chief minister point out this and others are withdrawn by same secretary. Is a main story behind this embarrassing situation. Real story behind this clear by RTI.

  5. Now a day’s much Pathologists are available for sign on reports (blank pages also) .They are depending upon technicians for most of the lab work.So signing authority should be given to well experienced and well educated technician.

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