Maharashtra -21 docs in trouble for flouting sex test rules #goodnews


 | Aug 8, 2012, 02.48AM IST

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MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Medical Council(MMC) has suspended the registration of 21 doctors and warned another 12 for their alleged involvement in sex determination tests, which they conducted by flouting the rules under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act.

To practise in the state, all doctors have to be registered with the MMC. “The council received 50 proposals for initiating action against erring doctors. Registration of 21 doctors were suspended and 12 doctors were let off after being warned against conducting sex determination tests. Action against 17 is either pending with or being processed by the MMC ,” a senior health official said.

“If the MMC suspends a doctor’s registration, then s/he cannot practice for five years or till court gives him/her a clean chit. The doctor’s membership will be permanently terminated, if s/he is convicted,” said Dr Kishore Tawri, president of MMC that has the power to suspend doctors. , temporarily or permanently.

If a doctor is caught flouting the Act a second time, his/her registration is supposed to be cancelled and he/she can never practise.

Most of the suspended doctors are from rural Maharashtra, especially Beed and Jalgaon, which figure on the list of districts having poor child sex ratio. According to the census, the state’s child sex ratio in 2011 was 833 girls per 1,000 boys against 913 per girls per 1,000 boys in 2001. The worst record is that of Beed, which registered a drop of 93 girls in the past decade; from 894 girls in 2001, it went down to 801 in 2011.

Some senior health officials are displeased with the MMC for letting off 12 doctors without taking stern action. “Letting them go with a mere warning is not in good taste,” an official said. Refuting the allegation, Tawri said, “Doctors who were given warning and allowed to practise had flouted rules in 2001. The PCPNDT Act came in force in 2003. So, the council had no choice but to let them go.” giving warning to these 12 doctors,”

On Tuesday, a meeting was held in Mantralaya to take stock of the implementation of the PCPNDT Act in the state. It was chaired by public health minister Suresh Shetty and attended by additional chief secretary (health) T C Benjamin and senior BMC and home department officials.

“Ways to curbsex selection  in the state were reviewed,” Shetty said.The female foeticide grabbed headlines and attention of the politicians to the issue after a doctor couple from Beed district— Dr Sudam Munde and his wife Dr Saraswati were found guilty of conducting illegal abortion in their clinic. The Munde couple has been booked for culpable homicide in connection with death of a woman while undergoing abortion at their hospital in May, this year.

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