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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.

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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.

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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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  1. What is status about compensatory pcpndt exam. in Maharashtra?

  2. Doing an ultrasound scan requires anatomy, physiology and pathology knowledge which the MBBS curriculum provides. A little bit of hand holding and training in hand eye Co-ordination is sufficient for an MBBS doctor to learn and do ultrasound. MBBS doctor can take to it, like a fish to water. It\’s unharmful and a non-invasive imaging science.
    Relieve the clinical sonologist from unwanted scrutiny and hazzels they have been submitted to for more than 20yrs
    with no great change in sex ratio. Spend the money and energy on scrutinising and reigning in the abortion centers. Employ decoys and trap these heinous culprits who bring disrepute to the medical community,and punish them appropriately. We will see the results the PCPNDT is striving to see. If a plan has not worked in more than 20yrs, is it not obvious that there is something wrong with the plan. Stop harassing ultrasound imaging specialists in the name of pcpndt act. To see the desired results, they have to bark up the right tree. Yes, Strict vigilance of MTP centers is the need of the hours. The resources available with the Pcpndt would have been objectively better chanalised only then.

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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.

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