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Radiologists threaten pan-India strike on harassment on clerical errors

Radiologists threaten pan-India strike on harassment on clerical errors

New Delhi : While amendments to the PC-PNDT act are still warming the shelves in the government offices, radiologists continue to face the burden of the harsh punishments as well as harassment at the hands of authorities, even for minor clerical errors. Every now and then, cases are seen where doctors get to face the PNDT axe, sometimes for clerical errors of form F, some times non wearing of aprons. With the amendments still waiting to take shape, all these are considered gross violations of the Act and hence liable for punishments equivalent to those of the actual PNDT crime, that is sex determination.

During the Central Supervisory Board meeting held on 5th April, 2016 Shri J.P. Nadda, Union Health Minister and Smt. Maneka Gandhi, Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Women and Child Development had  assured to stop the harassment to Radiologists due to

(i) not keeping Copy of the PC & PNDT Act,

(ii) not wearing of Apron and

(iii) non display of board,

(iv) minor clerical errors in filling Form F etc.

An Expert Committee was formed on the proposed amendments received on the PC & PNDT Act and solve the matter within two months.

However, even after 5 months, doctors claim that no measures have been taken for their protection and harassment in the name of the Act still continue across the country.

“The innocent Radiologists are being harassed by the Appropriate Authorities for minor clerical mistakes, which are being considered equal to sex determination. The highly qualified Doctors who are one of the pillars of the society are being treated as culprits as though they have done blunder mistake in choosing the Ultrasound in Radiology specialty, which is life saving in fact,” said Dr O.P Bansal, President Indian Radiological and Imaging Institute, IRIA.

IRIA has written to the Health Secretary asking immediate intervention of the Ministry, in resolving the matters of the PC-PNDT Act, threatening that  if these harassments are not stopped and amendments proposed in 24th CSB meeting are not implemented, then the members of IRIA will be constrained to go on strike from 1st September, 2016.

“In first phase we shall not do any ante natal Ultrasound and then indefinite stoppage of all Ultrasound procedures till solution of our problems and justice is served. We do understand our duties and responsibilities but not at the cost of lives of our colleagues who continue to suffer,” added Dr OP Bansal

 

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    Dr.Biren Sitwala August 7, 2016, 5:41 pm

    Even when we sell our older machine to others there is tremendous paper work and than also we have to visit the office for end number of times and the clerks treat us like dirt.

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    Dr P N Deshmukh MD August 7, 2016, 10:17 am

    Unless the common man is involved in this aggitation there is little hope. The Govt will not give their power to catch any radiologist on the any grounds mentioned in the act. All the powers including the judiciary is with them They will not leave their power once they have with them. Why they will make themselves weak waving out the minor clerical mistakes thats the only way they can catch any one any time. They will put different charges any prove radiologist is wrong as the common man is also against the doctors. Get the common man in the agitation.

  3. VERY BAD METHOD OF IMPLEMENTATION A LAW. I WANT TO ASK A SIMPLE QUESTION HOW MANY CASES OF SEX DETERMINATION DID THE GOVERNMENT CATCH BECAUSE OF FORM F ? HOW MANY FORM F\”S HAVE BEEN REALLY SCRUTINIZED FOR FINDING THE REAL CULPRITS. IF THERE IS NO MEANING OF FORM F WHY TO FILL IT AND PUNISH RADIOLOGISTS FOR THIS CLERICAL ERRORS ?

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    Dr. Pradip Gaikwad August 6, 2016, 8:47 pm

    It is very unfortunate that Radiologists decided to go on strike for one day at national basis. The radiologists pointing out towards clerical mistakes, is really a minor issue or otherwise is itself is debatable. There are serious mistakes done by radiologists like not signing on the sonography reports, not keeping records at required format, not registering the sonography machines, etc. They want to have excuse for their mistakes on the grounds of clerical mistakes. Further, their services are essential services, can they really proceed on nationwide strike? The Hon\’ble court had already passed judgment on MARD, not to proceed on strike in future or else there will be proceeding initiated against them under Essential Services Maintenance (ESMA) act. I think Radiologist should not go to the extreme step. There is no public support to them. The integrity of doctors has touched to an alarming proportion, that has resulted in to increasing attacks on doctors. Strike of radiologist will further add fuel to the people\’s resentment. There is a need to work out a peaceful solution and for that we should give some time to the government to take necessary action.

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    Dr.Deepali Ahirrao August 6, 2016, 8:15 pm

    PCPNDT LAW was made by a person without any knowledge of medical faternity it seems only one intention to NOT DO SEX DERTERMINATION.But the law needs to be made clear like other civil law we have sections of punishment for different violation like crime,bulgary,murder,Rape etc.
    PCPNDT Law have same punishment whether it is some minor clerical left out without any intentions in Form F of preganant patient ,the act says that doctor has done a crime equal to actual Act of sex determination is really PATHETIC,WRONG,FALSE,MISGUIDING ALL Society peoples,General attitude towards a highly qualified Radiologist.
    I ask simple question does the Govt.records are so meticulous,systemati
    C,without any errors.why only Radiologist expected to do record maintainance,does that mean if some column is not filled act of sex determination done.I SAY IF A DOCTOR WISH TO DO SEX DERTERMINATION WHY HE OR SHE FILL THE FORM F WITHOUT THAT the real culprits are not found,only innocent ,sincere Radiologist made target by AA to show govt,that work is going,cases unnecessary put on doctors on such clerical errors is Inhuman,below dignity behaviour.
    Such things should be stop,persons who doing it must be caught in reality inspite of Radiologist working in hospitals or Small clinics owners.
    The Law definately needs to be made changes in interest,good faith,proper implementation,avoid harrashment by AA further in wrong intention.

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