Three years after withdrawing the GR regarding illegal path labs, the state government was forced to begin a crackdown on illegal pathology laboratories run by laboratory technicians. The decision to re-issue a government resolution (GR) within eight days was announced in the legislative assembly when the matter concerning public health at large was raised by both ruling and opposition party legislators.
Minister of state for medical education, Ravindra Chavan, assured the lower house that the GR will be re-issued before the legislative session comes to an end next week. A GR issued three years ago said examining samples of body fluids, urine, blood or tissue and signing medical reports was a medical practice and should be done only by a registered medical professional. It said action should be taken against violations under the Maharashtra Medical Practitioners Act. This GR was withdrawn in two days despite the Supreme Court and Maharashtra Human Rights Commission telling the governments to prevent bogus labs.
The Apex court had said in a similar case in Gujarat that as decided by the Medical Council of India (MCI), a pathology laboratory report can be countersigned only by a registered medical practitioner with a post-graduate qualification in pathology/microbiology. Legislators said that laboratory technicians were still running the units and also countersigning reports for further treatment of patients.