Government to cancel licenses of three doctors

The government would cancel the licenses of three Jharsuguda doctors, who were convicted in Januray 2012 for violating the pre-natal sex-determination law.

During a raid in 2009, the three medics, S D Sharma of Sairam Hospital, Beherapat, Ramaniranjan Tripathy of Central Hospital, Mandalia, and Purnachandra Pradhan of People’s Charitable Hospital and Research Centre, Belpahar, were found using ultrasonography machines at their private clinics without proper registration.

This, sources said, is against the PC & PNDT (Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Amendment Act, 2002. The SDJM Jharsuguda had convicted them on January 31, 2012 and sentenced them to three years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs10,000 each.

They are still in medical practice as they appealed against the judgment. But after this, they will not be able to continue their medical practice.

“As per the order of the government, the district collector has asked me to furnish a report in this issue for the cancellation of medical licenses of Dr. Sharma, Dr. Mishra and Dr. Pradhan,” Jharsuguda CDMO Binod Nayak said on Sunday.

“The report is being prepared. It will be sent to the Indian Medical Registration Council which issues licenses to medical practitioners all over the country,” the CDMO added.

Section 18 of the PNDT Act states that no person shall open any genetic counselling centre or genetic laboratory or clinic, including centres having ultrasound or imaging machines or scanners or any other technology capable of undertaking determination of sex of foetus, unless it is duly registered under the Act.

The three doctors in question refused to comment on the matter.

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