Uproar over stringent PC-PNDT norms: Radiologists to go on strike from June 13, state unit extends support

Doctors want charges quashed against Dr Jape, seek ouster of PMC doctor implementing PC-PNDT Act .

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | Published: June 11, 2016 3:11 am

Pune radiologists will go on an indefinite strike from June 13 to protest against the alleged high-handedness of the Pune Municipal Corporation authorities —especially the ‘unfair’ prosecution of Dr Ashutosh Jape under the Pre-Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PC-PNDT) Act.

The Maharashtra State Branch of Indian Radiological and Imaging (MSBIRI) has decided to back the Pune radiologists and suspend services across the state from June 13.

“We have had several meetings and after a lot of deliberation, have decided that the present environment is not conducive for us to practise,” the MSBIRI President, Dr Suresh Chandak and national PCPNDT cordinator Dr Jignesh Thakker said.

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Despite the draconian provisions of the PCPNDT Act, radiologists across India have been cooperative in following the rules and help improve the dwindling sex ratio in the country, Dr Thakker told The Indian Express. However, at regular intervals, radiologists have been pulled up for minor clerical errors, they pointed out.

The case relating to Dr Ashutosh Jape — a Pune radiologist — has sparked off an outcry yet again. Dr Jape diagnosed a case of meningocele (abnormality in brain of the foetus) in a woman who was 21 weeks pregnant and subsequently underwent a medical termination of pregnancy under Dr N Desai.

The Appropriate Authority of PMC, Dr Vaishali Jadhav, however, considered this a case of female foeticide and sealed three machines belonging to Dr Jape on April 5 this year, Dr Thakker pointed out.

Dr Vaishali Jadhav, who is the appropriate authority implementing the PC-PNDT Act in PMC, said a court case was filed against Dr Jape and the MTP cell filed an FIR against Dr Desai, since medical termination is allowed for a pregnancy only till the 20th week.”Our team has followed the law and found several discrepancies in the versions provided by Dr Jape in his report ,” Dr Jadhav said.

Radiologists now demand immediate quashing of all the accusations against Dr Jape and release of all his sealed machines and removal of Dr Jadhav from the post of Appropriate Authority of PMC.

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