Doc given 60 days to explain PCPNDT law ‘violations’

Sumitra Deb Roy | TNN

Shirur (Beed): One more doctor in the town of Beed finds himself under the scanner for allegedly flouting the Pre-Conception and Prenatal Diagnostics Techniques (PCPNDT) Act.
Gynaecologist Dr Sanjay Vir, who runs the 45-bed Vir Hospital, was reportedly caught violating PCPNDT norms in June 2011, but the tehsildar’s office took almost a year to complete the formalities and put up the case in the local court. The Beed court on Thursday gave Sanjay 60 days to reply to the findings of the tehsildar team.
A team of state officials, while inspecting Vir Hospital last year, had found errors in the way the hospital records were maintained, the way form F was filled and a discrepancy in the number of patients undergoing treatment. The officials, however, said Vir was not found indulging in serious offences like conducting sex determination tests or performing illegal abortions.
Vir, who runs the hospital with his wife Kavita, said he was yet to receive any court order. The doctor pleaded that he did not indulge in any unethical activity. “Last year, following the inspection, they sealed my ultrasonography machine, which had been purchased just six months before. The machine still remains sealed,” he said.
Vir maintained that he adheres to all the norms of the PCPNDT Act. As the news of court order spread on Thursday, the doctor stopped his outpatient services and discharged a few indoor patients. “The atmosphere in Beed is that of fear now. I don’t want my face to be flashed across all channels despite being innocent,” Vir said.
Civil surgeon Dr Gauri Rathod expressed dissatisfaction over the delay caused by the tehsildar’s office in submitting a report to the court. She said that she had sent two reminders to the office to furnish the report. “Such delays weaken our cases,” she said.
Meanwhile, Dr Srihari Lahane, who has been arrested along with Dr Shivaji Sanap for allegedly conducting illegal abortions, suffered a mild heart attack and was taken to Aurangabad civil hospital.


HEALTH CHECK: Dr Sanjay Vir’s hospital was last year found erring in maintaining records



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