The Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA) will go on a strike and suspend ultrasound and imaging services from September 1 as talks between radiologists and the union health ministry on amendments of the PC-PNDT Act have failed.
According to the radiologists, they continue to face harsh punishments as well as harassment at the hands of authorities, even for minor clerical errors.
A Central Supervisory Board meeting held on April 5 this year at AIIMS, New Delhi, had assured IRIA members that harassment against radiologists would be stopped, specially on issues like not keeping a copy of the PC-PNDT Act, not displaying a board that said sex determination was illegal and minor clerical errors in filling Form F, providing the history of a pregnant woman.
Four months since the meeting, IRIA had not got any positive feedback, said Dr Chandrashekhar Sohoni, coordinator of PC-PNDT Act for IRIA.
The radiologists said that they were being continuously harassed by the appropriate authorities for minor clerical mistakes, which were being considered equal to sex determination.
The doctors were being treated as culprits, like they had done a blunder in choosing ultrasound in radiology as a specialty, said Dr Viren Kulkarni, president of the Pune association of radiologists.
Members of IRIA will go on a strike from September 1 and in the first phase will not carry out any ante-natal ultrasound and then put an indefinite stop to the ultrasound procedure.
Meanwhile, the government has now set up a committee that will lay down a standard operating procedure and guidelines on how to implement the Act for appropriate authorities.