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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Radiologists must get chance to clarify: Bombay HC


Published: Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 8:00 IST
By Mustafa Plumber | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

The Bombay high court has stated that any competent authority filing a case against a radiologist under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection Act), 1994, should allow ample opportunity to the doctor to explain his or her stand before registering and offence. Further, the authority should consider taking legal advice before registering such a case.

These observations were made by a single bench of Justice AV Nirgude, which quashed a criminal complaint against 60-year-old doctor Uma Shankarrao Rachewad, who was charged under various sections of the Act.

The bench said, “When the competent authority visits a clinic, after inspection s/he should record the statement of the person against whom s/he intends to file the case. In such a statement, such a person would get ample opportunity to put forward his or her explanation. The competent authority under this Act should consider each case on its merits, examine it meticulously, preferably with the help of a legal advisor, and then file a complaint in the court.”

According to the case registered against Dr Rachewad, it was alleged that on March 31, 2011, when officials visited his clinic, they saw that a number of F forms were filled out with “NA” (not applicable); forms pertaining to cases examined between March 8 and March 26 were not filled; and consent /declaration forms relating to cases examined between April 2009 and March 2010 were not present. Moreover, the clinic did not have signboards stating that pre-natal sex tests were not carried out there.

The court noted that the “NA” on the F forms was justified. Furthermore, it was observed that when the officials visited the clinic and did not find the consent /declaration forms, they should have asked for an explanatio

Mukhbir Yojna scripts a success story in state


JAIPUR: The Mukhbir Yojna, which was launched in January to intensify the fight against sex selection, has now started paying dividends. In one of its major achievements, a doctor was caught red-handed for alleged involvement in sex determination in Jaipur‘s Vaishali Nagar area on Wednesday.

An official of the Pre-conception and pre natal diagnostic techniques (PCPNDT) cell said, “The Mukhbir Yojna has started showing results as we are getting tip offs on illegal practices. The doctor who was caught red-handed was an outcome of the Mukhbir Yojna.”

The government introduced the Yojna under which a person providing confirmed information about the involvement of a doctor or a medical staff in sex determination will get a reward of Rs 25,000. A reward of equal prize money has also been set aside for those who can give information about unregistered and illegal sonography machines.

The official said a day before the raid (on Tuesday), the PCPNDT cell received information about the doctor’s involvement in sex determination.

( How long will this work , thats the question )

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