The Indian Medical Association through a petition filed in Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court has claimed that according to central government’s notification and Supreme Courts order, the person with Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (DMLT) can not operate pathological lab.
In this case, the court has issued notices to medical education and medicine department secretary, Maharashtra Paramedical Council and other respondents and sought reply within four weeks.
The matter was heard before the division bench of justice Sunil Shukre and justice Anil Kiolr. Maharashtra Paramedical Council had issued an order in July 2018 allowing the DMLT pass persons to operate pathology lab.
The petition stated that this order is in violation of the notification of the central government and the decision of the Supreme Court. According to central government notification, it is mandatory for the person operating the simple pathology lab to pass MBBS and the person operating the medium and high technical pathology lab to have passed the MD course.
Similarly, as per the decision of the Supreme Court, no one has the right to report the pathology except the person who has passed MBBS and MD courses.
Hence a person who has passed DMLT course can not operate a pathology lab. It should be declared.
In this petition, the Indian Medical Association has also requested to cancel the controversial order of the Maharashtra Paramedical Council. Advocate Bhanudas Kulkarni argued for the association.
It is worth mentioning here that recently this newspaper had publihsed a news about MRI machines and some other critical equipment at government hospitals was non-func tional due to various rea sons. If IMA’s demand is accepted, people will have to go long distances for get ting tests done.