The State Health and Family Welfare department has passed a resolution to allow conducting of post-mortem examinations by colleges run by the Gujarat Medical Education Research Society (GMERS). These colleges are semi-government institutions. Currently, only the government hospitals and colleges have the power to conduct post-mortem examinations in medico-legal cases.
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The resolution says that only those doctors working in colleges operated by GMERS and having expertise in forensic medicine and carrying medico-legal certificate would be issued permission for carrying out post-mortem. And these doctors would be given approval only after a thorough scrutiny of their educational qualifications and practical experience by a committee set up by the state health and family welfare department.
The committee, according to the resolution, will consist of additional secretary (health and family welfare), director general of Gandhinagar-based Forensic Science University, a forensic medicine expert, concerned district superintendent of police or joint police commissioner and additional director general of police(CID-crime).