25 Aug 2016
Central IRIA has announced a Pan India shutdown to protest against the non implementation of the amendments of the PC PNDT Act. It iwll be pan modality on Sep 1, followed by complete ultrasound shutdown thereafter.
09 June 2016 Dear Sir / Madam,
Despite the draconian provisions of the PCPNDT act, Radiologists all over India have been extremely co-operative in following the PCPNDT act, with the noble intention of helping to improve the dwindling sex-ratio in the country. However, at regular intervals,even many honest radiologists, who did not have even remote connection with sex-determination, have been victimised under the PCPNDT act for minor clerical errors.
In continuation of this harassment, another honest Radiologist from Pune, Dr. Ashutosh Jape, has been booked under the act. Dr Ashutosh Jape had correctly diagnosed a case of meningocele in a pregnant patient who subsequently underwent a medical termination of pregnancy. Incorrectly believing this to be a case of female foeticide, Pune
Appropriate Authority Dr Vaishali Jadhav went ahead and sealed his three machines after a 5 hour inspection that ended at 2 am. Subsequent investigations and the panchnamma made (on 2 clerical errors in Form F) have proven that this decision was taken in haste.
Dr. Jape's ultrasound machines were sealed on 5th April 2016, and since then Dr. Jape and the office bearers of Maharashtra a State Branch of Indian Radiology and Imaging Association (MSBIRIA) have been running pillar to post for getting justice. MSBIRIA has made multiple communications with all possible government authorities at all levels, however, all efforts have been in vain. MSBIRIA has firmly impressed upon all government authorities that in the process of unfair prosecution of Dr. Jape, there has been gross violation of the PCPNDT act at the hands of implementing authorities. Still, Dr. Jape continues to suffer from severe mental agony and irreparable tarnishing of his social reputation.
It is becoming impossible for Radiologists to continue practicing with the morbid fear of unfair prosecution under PCPNDT act. The healthcare in India is primarily dependent upon small and medium-sized private medical set-ups, since government healthcare facilities are grossly inadequate. Despite that, if the government officials continue to harass honest Radiologist private practitioners, then Radiologists have no option but to stop practicing. Why should an honest Radiologist face a jail term for no fault of his?
In view of the above, MSBIRIA and the Radiologists all over Maharashtra have decided to suspend all Radiological services on 14th June 2016. The Radiologists of Pune will continue to indefinitely suspend their services from 14th June 2016 onwards, till justice i served. However, we, Radiologists, being ethical doctors, will continue to provide services in case of medical emergencies at all levels of healthcare.
MSBIRIA has put the following demands in front of the government of Maharashtra :-
1)--Quashing of all the fabricated accusations against Dr. Ashutosh Jape, and immediate unsealing of his ultrasound machines.
2)--Removal of the Appropriate Authority of Pune Municipal Corporation from the said post in view of gross violation of PCPNDT act.
3)--Instructions to all Appropriate Authorities of Maharashtra about uniform, systematic and unprejudiced implementation of PCPNDT act.
The suspension of Radiology services in Pune will continue until all our demands are met, and if need be, Radiologists from whole of Maharashtra will suspend their services indefinitely.
This scenario of sealing of machines can come upon anyone anytime, and we request you to consider our efforts to bring this to the notice of the government and all health officials. We request for your support for one day suspension of radiology services on Tuesday, June 14 th, while continuing to accept all emergency cases.
Maharashtra State Branch of Indian Radiological & Imaging Association