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MCI notice on Signing Lab Reports : Medical Msc meet Nadda, seek intervention


MCI notice on Signing Lab Reports : Medical Msc meet Nadda, seek intervention
In the backdrop of raging controversy over the signing of diagnostic laboratory test reports, office bearers of the National MSc Medical Teachers’ Association (NMMTA), recently met the Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda at Parliament  and sought his intervention in setting right the anomaly.

Medical M.Sc degree holders in the subjects of Biochemistry and Microbiology have been working as consultants (Microbiologists or Biochemists) in both the private and Government diagnostic laboratories since decades. “The training imparted to the medical M.Sc  students in the medical colleges, which is at par with the doctors with MD in the same subjects, have empowered them to undertake this role efficiently”, stated Mr. Arjun Maitra, Secretary of NMMTA.

Recently, in a private communication to the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), the Medical Council of India (MCI) wrote that only persons registered with MCI/State Medical Council should sign/countersign laboratory reports. Following widespread outrage, NABL reverted to its previous guidelines of giving signatory authority to medical M.Sc degree holders.

“MCI’s letter to NABL has been misconstrued as MCI’s order and is being misused to deny signatory roles to medical M.Sc Biochemists and Microbiologists. MCI has clarified that it has no jurisdiction over private hospitals, nursing homes and diagnostic laboratories, yet it takes the liberty to opine on who should sign the laboratory test reports”, said Mr. Maitra.

“The only authority to decide who should sign the laboratory reports rests with the guidelines of the state or central Clinical Establishments Acts, not MCI” opined Dr. Sridhar Rao, President of NMMTA. “Some states have their own acts and guidelines whereas some states have neither own acts nor have adopted the central act”, he added. The guidelines of the central act are still in the draft stage and the health ministry has sought public feedback on it.

In its reply, NMMTA has asked medical M.Sc degree to be included in the Human Resource section for the roles of in-charge/specialists/consultants for all the three category of laboratories. In their meeting with the health minister, NMMTA requested that medical M.Sc courses should be reintroduced into the first schedule of the IMC Act and the degree holders must be registered in a council.

“An attempt is being made to wrongly project laboratory services as the practice of the medicine. The clauses in the sub-section 2 of the Section 15 of the Indian Medical Council Act, which states that only registered doctors should sign or authenticate a medical or fitness certificate or any other certificate required by any law, is being unscrupulously extended to laboratory reports” said Dr. Rao. “It is not about the signatory roles, we must be given opportunities to serve the healthcare needs of the nation. We are not here to compete, we are here to complement the doctors so that the society can be benefited”, said Mr. Maitra. Health Minister, who gave a patient hearing to the NMMTA’s representatives, assured to take it up.

A copy of  memorandum was also submitted to Shri Alok Kumar, Advisor, NITI Aayog.

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  1. I feel India is the only in the world that is doctor centric for authorisation of lab reports. I have seen the work culture in advanced countries in the West, most reports are authorised by Biomedical scientists and there is a huge demand for these people out there. Whats special with India which is a developing country. I feel its the pressure put on NABL by a section of people for their vested interests.

  2. The special thing and unique aspect of Indian education in comparison to the west is.. The west has proper screening before training as Msc or PhD in Medical sciences. Some of the PhD is even 5 years long. In India, Msc, pHd has relatively, very less training, no fixed standards, also you can buy these degrees or influence corrupt people in the system to get them. And also they cry the loudest against any strict criteria and regulations implemented for improving medical education standard. It\’s a jugaad degree in many but not all parts of India. Specially in medical disciplines.

  3. What special training is Raghvendra speaking about. In India, an Msc spends 5 years doing Medical Microbiology right from BSc level, Phd in Microbiology spends even more roughly 10 years in medical microbiology. What more training does Raghvendra expect I dont know. An MD Micro spends just 3 years doing Microbiology So who has more training? Its logical enough to say that these Biomedical people are the best and the West has understood it and India has not. In short, its pressure put by people for their vested interests as mentioned earlier.

  4. People of our country and Government should recognize the service done by Non Medical MSc People or Biomedical Scientist. They did lot of efforts to improvise the quality of services offered in health care services. And now a days it is been projected wrongly by some medical faculty to the media and to the society. Unfortunately media also supporting such medical people, with out knowing the effect of erasing a highly qualified Biomedical scientist from health care profession especially in diagnostic laboratories. I hope, media also should consider this issue as viral and support NMMTA or Biomedical Scientist in order to save the Biomedical Scientist role in healthcare. I appreciate the efforts of NMMTA for their rights. People, Print and electronic Media, politicians, Lets join our hands and save Biomedical Scientists existence in Healthcare profession.

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    Amar Nagesh Kumar August 12, 2017, 5:31 pm

    People of our country and Government should recognize the service done by Non Medical MSc People or Biomedical Scientist. They did lot of efforts to improvise the quality of services offered in health care services. And now a days it is been projected wrongly by some medical faculty to the media and to the society. Unfortunately media also supporting such medical people, with out knowing the effect of erasing a highly qualified Biomedical scientist from health care profession especially in diagnostic laboratories. I hope, media also should consider this issue as viral and support NMMTA or Biomedical Scientist in order to save the Biomedical Scientist role in healthcare. I appreciate the efforts of NMMTA for their rights. People, Print and electronic Media, politicians, Lets join our hands and save Biomedical Scientists existence in Healthcare profession. I am ready to answer any queries on this regard – write to me at amarnageshkumar@gmail.com

  6. The medical Scientist people are employed in healthcare and medical colleges all over the world with out any bias. If you go through the basic science departments of top 10 medical colleges in the world , it is visible that 50-60% faculty employed are from the non medical background. one of the reason is that one need not to be a clinician to teach basic sciences. interestingly we see MD courses in pre clinical subjects in India what is unavailable in US or UK ( if I am not wrong). As Raghvendra mentioned A lot of money is being spent in Medical education, is it not pertinent that these doctors should see patients and serve the national goal. There are no pretension. Medical MSc with PhD are doctorates and they don\’t claim to be a doctors. There are around 13% non medical teachers working in medical colleges. Don\’t you think the onus of poor medical education and research should be shared by the majority 87% also. Those who have misconception regarding the objective and the curriculum of Medical MSc course must go through the Syllabus comparison with MD subjects of the same university.
    And one should remember that laboratory practice is not a practice of medicine . All over the world Biomedical scientists are welcomed and somehow there is a sudden problem with Indian Laboratory doctors and policy makers. Interestingly when there was nothing in this sector, it was given to these biomedical scientists to build and take care.
    With this mentality it is tough to play at international level . There should be mutual respect and consideration.

  7. Compare MBBS curriculum with that of Msc , PhD. Forget about MD curriculum. You will not have any words, if you are being honest and logical.

  8. It is true but most of the private medical college awarding these m.sc degree in absencia .I am not against to supervise and sign the lab reports in govt hospital and medical colleges as other senior faculty is there but afraid to run a independent lab

  9. The MD courses like Clinical Biochemistry in some universities in India has mandatory clinical rotation in departments of medicine, paeds, cardio, nephro, gastro, hemat and many others. Which is not a luxury available to many other universities in the world. Such a comprehensive course comes with very wide knowledge base and is true representation of integrative medicine. So welcome to the year 2017, smell the coffee, things are no longer same. Let the experts in the field do their job. Take a back seat and let the new integrative transformation of medicine happen.
    People with such a training conduct metabolic and obesity clinics, take care of transparently nutrition, also can practice as general physicians and actively involve in research. There is a very standardized way of getting through MD. Well there are cases where you can buy PhD degree from Bihar and many other states. Try comparing the two scenarios and you will have your answer. We are not like rest of the world. We eat with hands too. We set our own standards. Try meeting them.

  10. Training in for a MSc and MD are not the same. There is no clinical for the former.
    If they are allowed to sign clinical biochemistry, microbiology and bacteriology test reports a note which says that \”the report is result of a clinical test, not a diagnosis and appropriate clinical opinion island is to be taken from clinician regarding diagnosis and treatment\” should be suffixed to the report