The Indian Medical Association ( IMA) has decided to send names of those doctors who conduct ultrasound tests for illegal sex determination to the government. They will also send names of patients who demand the sonography to identify the sex of the foetus,Dr Vaijayanti Patwardhan,chairperson of the womens forum of IMA said.
Meanwhile,mobile sonography units will no longer be able to visit more than one or two hospitals/clinics for conducting ultrasound tests,according to a circular issued.
Patwardhan along with other doctors participated in a workshop on creating awareness about the legalities related to the Pre-Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PC-PNDT).
She appealed to the medical fraternity to send names of the doctors who were indulging in such illegal acts to the IMA. Doctors also pointed out that at times there were conflicts between medicos and appropriate authorities implementing the PC-PNDT Act.
Dr Sanjay Gupte,a gynaecologist and former president of the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI),said such conflicts are unnecessary.
It is essential for a doctor to display a board that notifies patients that sex determination tests are illegal. Some authorities object to the size of the board,while at times there is confusion regarding the language to be used.
Issues related to documentation of Form F,which gives the medical history of the pregnant women,are still raised by several radiologists to the effect that at least four such patients in the city have decided to refrain from practising obstetric sonography,Gupte said.
There are several technical points that are required to be filled up and due to errors,doctors are often pulled up and cases are slapped against them, says Gupte who urged that there should be a dialogue between the authorities and the doctors to uphold the spirit of the law that seeks to act against illegal sex determination.
As many as 47 cases have been filed against doctors in the city for non registration of ultrasound machines,non-maintenance of records and sex selection test. Of this,21 cases are pending,and of the 20 ultrasound machines that were sealed,eight were subsequently released,said PMC officials.