Monday, January 22, 2018

Despite SC order, 4,000 pathology labs running illegally in Gujarat

As many as 4,000 pathological laboratories are operating illegally in Gujarat at present, according to the Gujarat Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists (GAPM) said this on Sunday.
According to the association, the Supreme Court in December last year had upheld the Gujarat High Court's order which had directed that only a qualified and registered pathologist with a postgraduate qualification in pathology can countersign the pathology report of any patient. The SC verdict had emphasised that pathology labs that operate without a qualified pathologist will have to stop all operations till a qualified pathologist is employed by them.

GAPM office-bearers said that after the order of the apex court, the association has submitted complaint regarding 470 such illegal laboratories in the state with details of their names, their addresses and the reports prepared by them as evidence.

"But neither the state government, nor the state's health department nor the police department has taken action against such laboratories which are putting health of citizens of the state at risk," said GAPM's president Dr Rajendra Lalani.
Of the total 470 such illegal labs that the association has brought to the notice of the state government, the maximum number of such labs are operating in Surat. "We had submitted complaint against 67 such labs running in Surat on December 30 and provided a list of another 61 labs on January 20," he said.

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