IMA to move SC against PCPNDT Act provisions

Doctors are pulled up for technical lapses and incorrect form filling

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Published:August 15, 2013 2:17 am

The Indian Medical Association (Pune branch) will file a writ petition in the Supreme Court challenging certain rules in the sections of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act.

Doctors with IMA are upset about being pulled up for

technical lapses and incorrect filling of forms.

They have also protested about the rule under which no sooner is the chargesheet framed against a doctor under the Act,his/her name is sent to the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC). The council can take stern action like suspension or cancellation of the doctors’ registration.

Dr Jayant Navrange,in charge of the medico legal cell of the IMA,said all doctors supported the move by the state to implement the PCPNDT Act and were against sex determination of the foetus. “However,there are certain rules in the sections of the Act that are being challenged,” he said.

For instance,not filling Form F properly is regarded as an offence related to sex determination. Form F under the PCPNDT Act records the medical history of a pregnant woman. Navrange said while doctors were filling the forms as per the rules,some lapses occur inadvertently,such as spelling mistakes. These technical errors should not amount to an offence like sex determination,the petition states.

“Doctors condemn the practice of illegal sex selection,but being pulled up for technical errors and chargesheeted is not fair,” said Dr Vaijayanti Patwardhan,in charge of the Garima cell of the IMA. Doctors have unanimously agreed to file the writ petition seeking changes in some rules of the Act,she said.

Dr S Utture,executive member of the MMC,said they have taken cognisance of cases with technical errors. “We have taken note of the anguish faced by these doctors and warnings are issued on that basis.”

More than 400 cases have been filed against doctors for violating the Act and charges have been framed against 75.

Over 50 names have been sent to the MMC,state health officials said. Registration of nearly 20 doctors has been suspended by the MMC.

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