To ensure strict implementation of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PC-PNDT),the government has issued a GR that says radiologists at government hospitals cannot go for private practice. In the private sector too,radiologists are allowed to visit only three other hospitals or clinics apart from their own practice.
State Family Welfare Bureau additional director Dr Suresh Gupta said a circular has been issued to all government medical colleges.
Head of the Department of Radiology at B J Medical College and Sassoon Hospital Dr Eknath Khadse said the government had initially allowed government radiologists to take up private practice after duty hours. But those who opted for private practice were not eligible for non-practising allowance. As the number of radiologists opting for the scheme was very small,the state issued a fresh circular which does not allow government hospital radiologists to take up private practice.
“We did receive appeals from government doctors to allow private practice but we have refused,”Gupta said.
According to Gupta,out of 8,125 registered ultrasound machines in the state,6,925 centres are functional. After an inspection in the last three months,352 ultrasound machines were sealed. The health authorities have also restricted the use of portable machines,Gupta said,adding that the state government’s toll-free call centre and website is gradually becoming popular.
The helpline,number 18002334475,has received 58 complaints so far about doctors involved in sex determination. A majority of the complaints are from Jalgaon (11) and Beed (11). There are five complaints from Pune and while redressing these complaints,health authorities found that 28 ultrasound centres in Shirur tehsil was not needed which has a low child sex ratio in Pune district. The centres were shut down.