prabhat khabar epaper 18/08/2016

Radiologists across the country have threatened an indefinite strike from September 1 after their demands for relaxing certain sections of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act was turned down by the Union health ministry . The first service to be stopped will be obstetric so nography, the doctors said.

Members from the Indian Radiological and Imaging As sociation (IRIA) had urged the government for non-criminalization of minor offences, such as clerical errors in Form F, as it leads to harassment of doctors. The strike call was made after the association’s meeting with joint secretary of ministry of health Vandana Gurnani failed last week.

“Around 90% of the violations under the PCPNDT Act is nothing but mistakes in paper work. It is unacceptable that radiologists and sonologists are put behind bars for minor mistakes,“ said a member of IRIA.Over the last three to four ye ars, around 300 cases have been filed from across the country , majority of which were for clerical mistakes.

Pune has reported maximum cases. The IRIA member said that if the government does not pay any heed to their demands, they will intensify the strike by stopping all sonography services. A call on continuation of CT scans and MRI services will be taken later.

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