IMA plans to approach Supreme Court against Maharashtra government

A state chapter of a national body of doctors, Indian Medical Association (Maharashtra), plans to approach the Supreme Court against the state government, alleging harassment.

The association has claimed that state officials have been pulling up doctors for 'technical lapses' and inadvertent bloopers committed while filling up a proforma form 'F' which records the medical history of a pregnant woman.

President of the association's state chapter, Dr Anil Pachnekar, said that though doctors fill up forms in keeping with rules, lapses like spelling mistakes creep in inadvertently. 'Such technical errors are regarded as an offence relating to sex determination but they should not amount to such an offence,' said Dr Anil Pachnekar.

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He said the association will challenge certain rules in sections of the Act. 'Our petition is ready. We will submit it soon,' he said.

The association's representatives have been meeting public health officials to voice their concerns over doctors' being charged for technical errors.

The doctors' association has also protested a rule which states that a doctor against whom charges are framed, should be immediately reported to the state's medical watchdog Maharashtra Medical Council. On its part, the council could go to the extent of suspending or cancelling the doctors' registration. (Read: The burden of being a doctor)

Dr Pachnekar said that constant 'harassment' by state health officials who book doctors for technical errors is not right.

'In May, the chief minister had congratulated us for helping improve the state's child sex ratio over the last couple of years,' Dr Pachnekar said, adding that they met state health officials last month to express their concern over the issue.

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