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Maharashtra: Biochemist Booked for signing lab reports without MCI recognized degree

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Maharashtra: Biochemist Booked for signing lab reports without MCI recognized degree

Mumbai: A Dadar based path lab owner having MSc and PhD degrees in the field of Biochemistry has been booked by the local police on the basis of complaint filed by the Maharashtra Association of Practising Pathologists and Microbiologists stating the man had been signing lab reports without holding a recognised medical degree as per law.

A case was registered recently in Pant Nagar police in Ghatkopar against the owner of a Dadar  Pathology Laboratory for providing diagnostic reports allegedly without the signature of an authorized pathologist holding a medical degree.

According to the Maharashtra Association of Practising Pathologists and Microbiologists (MAPPM), the Sohum Healthcare and Diagnostic Centre at  Ghatkopar east, owned by J G Saluja was functioning without a pathologist.

One of the association members, Dr Subodh Gujrathi complained that in February his patient went to the lab for urine test. Dr Gujrathi alleged that Saluja mentioned his credentials as MD, DND, and PhD in Pathology and also had a digital signature of a pathologist on the report.

Dr Prasad Kulkarni, another member of MAPPM said that during the check, it was found that Saluja had not done MBBS and held a degree in PhD in biochemistry. He had no degree as a pathologist and as per the legal requirements laid down by the supreme court  one cannot sign a pathology report without a diploma or degree holder in pathology.

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“The Supreme Court judgement clearly states anyone without a post-graduation degree in pathology cannot sign reports, but this individual has been doing so in violation of court orders,” Dr Kulkarni told TOI.

Defending his stance to the media, Saluja informed TOI “I have been running the lab for 20 years. I also have a part-time pathologist, who signs the reports. I merely countersign them,” he said, adding he has MSc and Phd degrees and was not completely unqualified to do the job.

As per the FIR lodged by MAPPM, a  case against Saluja has been registered under Section 420 (cheating) under the Indian Penal Code, along with sections 33 (2) (prohibition for medical practice by unregistered person) and 36 under the Maharashtra Medical Practitioners Act,1961, and section 15 (3) under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, related to a person practicing without qualification.

The police has also approached the Medical Council of India to verify whether Saluja, who has been signing the reports, is a registered medical practitioner.

The investigating officer Praful Savde informed the Indian Express that “The chargesheet is yet to be filed. We have recorded statement of the witnesses and further investigation is on.”

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    Dr. PRAVIN DATTATRAY POTDAR November 9, 2018, 1:54 pm

    I personally feel that if any doctor is qualified as a M.Sc, Ph.D in Biochemistry and have more than 10 years of experience in the said field, he should be authorised to sign lab reports related to Clinical Biochemistry than ordinary MBBS doctor who really never work in this technology. but as he has medical degree and attached to MCI , he is authorised to sign any lab report
    It is rediculous & not right as a science is concern. MCI should evaluate the credintials of doctors whether he or she is medical or paramedical. This is totally bias opinion of MCI and NABL. This seems to be lobby of medical doctors against Ph.D doctors which is bad and should be irradicated by our government.
    Similarly Medical doctors are signing Molecular Pathology or Genetics reports without understanding any thing about it. Many of them don\’t know how this technique has done. They feel ashamed to do lab table work. So I feel any MD or MBBS doctor is doing that should be panished if he asked about the report he signs without understanding technology.
    For this assessors should be Ph.D holder and not MD only

  2. In this case , the vigilant association pathology speciality was able to get the fact. No doctor should be allowed to sign any report/drug prescription without a rubber stamp seal of his name , speciality and medical reg. number.This rule must be compulsory for all medical professionals.

  3. The hippocracy and gang culture must end!! In India you will always be entangled in POLITICS and BEG the other countries to supply technology, so that you can master it and act smart.
    PhD’s must start innovating and doing valuable research.
    MD’s.. you must start standardising Health care and education.

    Picking fights for silly reasons is classic of silly minds!! Don’t pour you venom on the next generation of doctors and scientists…do something good out of your remaining life.

  4. Also no doctor should be allowed to sign the reports of other specialities…merely because they think they are superior, and can manipulate laws in favour, despite having NO TRAINING in other specialities of CLinical Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology.

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    Dr.Marghoob Hasan November 4, 2018, 3:00 am

    No one can deny the contribution of Biochemist in the field of clinical laboratory in India , when MD where were much focused in Histopathological examination . And none of them where agree to learn QA/QC , automation application and administrative functions of clinical laboratory .They have contribution in teaching,research and running clinical diagnostics labs. There are many examples of that like Dr.Venkatesh, kagansbhapathy who had worked since the inception of NABL, ISO15189,QCI,NABH. People like kulakarni cant realise that .The decision of supreme court is based the recommendation MCI even though it approve the courses like Biochemistry courses in medical colleges.what is the stand of MCI
    in India ,everyone knows .Anyway India is Doctor centered country

  6. MD pathology always sign Biochemistry reports without any training in it. This is criminal too.
    Majority of reports from lab which MD pathology sign is Clinical Chemistry/Chemical Pathology/clinical Biochemistry. They have been doing this criminal practice by manipulating laws in their favour. They are not trained for it. They can see mainly haematology and tissue pathology reports. They have no expertise for other things that they sign.

  7. Yeh nav bharat hai ..yahan kuch bhi hosakta hai aur sab kuch hota hai….

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