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NMMTA protests reach National Capital over new rules on diagnostic laboratory

- Guidelines of the Clinical Establishment Act for diagnostic laboratories has denied all roles to medical M.Sc postgraduates. Has this sounded a death knell, marking an end of career for medical M.Sc holders in clinical diagnostics? -  National-MSC-Medical-teacheINVC NEWS New Delhi,

While many corporate hospitals and private diagnostic laboratories in the country have Medical M.Sc. postgraduates  interpreting and signing laboratory test reports, the Clinical Establishments (Central Government) Rules make it mandatory that all diagnostic laboratories should have doctors (registered with MCI or State Medical Council) to do the task. The implementation of these rules in two States recently — Rajasthan and Jharkhand — is making postgraduates jittery  across the country. There is widespread resentment among Medical M.Sc. postgraduates, whose grouse is that hundreds of them will either lose jobs or be demoted to the role of laboratory technicians if the new rules are implemented by all  State governments. However, the Union Health Ministry is firm on its stand. The law The Union government enacted The Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010, to register and regulate all clinical establishments. Subsequently, the National Council for Clinical Establishments was set up and The Clinical Establishments (Central Government) Rules were notified in 2012. While ten States and six Union Territories, except Delhi, adopted the rules, they are being implemented only in Rajasthan and Jharkhand. As health is a State subject, the decision to adopt and implement the Act rests with the State governments. Although the National M.Sc. Medical Teachers’ Association (NMMTA) has opposed the rules and written to all authorities concerned, including Union Health Minister JPNadda, to reconsider the rules, it has been in vain. Sridhar Rao, NMMTA president Said “ NMMTA protests this unjust exclusion and demands that the National Council for Clinical Establishment modifies its guidelines to accommodate medical M.Sc degree (irrespective of Ph.D) as a qualification to interpret and sign diagnostic test reports in Microbiology and Biochemistry. Since medical M.Sc is included in the first schedule of Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, the health ministry is implored that medical M.Sc degree holders be registered in the central or state medical councils.  Laboratory testing services are not the practice of medicine, therefore health ministry must not restrict the role of interpretation & signing laboratory reports to doctors only”. “Students also learn about the physiological functions of body, the disease process and the various parameters in health and disease, which enable them to interpret the diagnostic tests,” Dr. Rao said, urging the government to set right the anomaly. Arjun Maitra, Secretary,National M.Sc. Medical Teachers’ Association (NMMTA)  said Medical M.Sc. is a postgraduate degree offered in medical colleges recognised by the MCI and awarded under the faculty of medicine by the university. “The students are also trained in all aspects of clinical diagnostics, including specimen collection, processing, quality control, and interpretation of results,” he said. He added" Medical Council of India in 2005 has clarified that M.Sc. (Medical Biochemistry) with or without Ph.D is entitled to independently or solely sign a medical Biochemistry report in a clinical laboratory and National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories has recognized M.Sc degree holders as signatories for laboratory reports". National M.Sc Medical Teachers’ Association (NMMTA) is a registered association of persons possessing medical M.Sc degrees in the subjects of Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology or Microbiology obtained under the faculty of medicine from MCI-recognized medical colleges. Medical M.Sc degrees  holders have tested, interpreted and issued test reports with signatures all along. In medical colleges, they also impart training to postgraduate students in the principles of diagnostic Biochemistry and Microbiology. Having served and trained so long, now these persons stand to be kept out of the laboratory due to the arbitrary and discriminating guidelines of the CEA. If and when these guidelines are adopted by the states and enforced, hundreds of qualified microbiologists and biochemists with medical M.Sc degree would either lose their jobs or be humiliatingly kept away from diagnostic laboratories. By permitting the conduct of medical M.Sc courses, creating a qualified & trained workforce and then denying them the requisite roles, the government is doing gross injustice. It is due to the misplaced policies such as these that the brain-drain of medical scientists is an ongoing process.

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Anil B Choudhury, says on March 21, 2017, 9:28 PM

This is completely ridiculous when all of a sudden Clinical Establishment act are denying the role of Medical M.Sc holders in the clinical laboratory service, thereby making fun of Indian educational system as if there are NO RULES! NO REGULATIONS! If Government let this type of irrationality happen,people will lose faith in the degree awarded by universities, fearing their degree may all of a sudden be declared invalid someday.Government spends crores to make doctor not to sit in laboratory for signing patient report but to treat patient in IPD/OPD of hospital or in clinic. Whereas M.Sc. Medical course was started with the view of preparing well qualified people, competent for teaching medical student in basic subject as well as looking after and reporting patient investigation in clinical laboratory services, which we Msc medical degree holders have been performing very efficiently and flawlessly for decades.So CEA should reconsider its recent draft and let M.Sc medical holders continue signing patient report and spare doctor for the work, they are trained for. ,........TREATING PATIENT.

Prasasd Gunjal, says on March 21, 2017, 11:47 AM

If we compare the education or syllabus for Medical M.Sc. Microbiology or Medical M.Sc. Biochemistry with M.D. Microbiology or M.D. Biochemistry and even rest other subjects also there is hardly any difference in these course syllabus. The degrees which we are now holding are earned by us and are given after qualifying the examinations held by state wise reputed Medical Universities. All of a sudden how we are not authorized or we are not eligible to be a signature authority. A person working since last 10-15 years in such organisation or laboratory are suddenly ask to resign or demoted to the technician post is this a justice. By such laws there are many families will be losing there bread and butter, many mothers and fathers hope will be lost children, sisters, brothers may not able to complete their education. My request to Govt of India kindly reconsider this issue. We are also the part of our country and we too have rights.....

Madhu chauhan, says on March 21, 2017, 7:55 AM

I think we people are more qualified and trained for doing diagnostic work medicos are trained for patient care it is mere waistage of their training as well as caliber if they opt for these nonclinical subjects they should treat the patients and let the trained Microbiologist to do their diagnostic work

Sunil Yadav, says on March 20, 2017, 10:26 PM

When MCI and NABL both higher bodies approves Msc medical qualification peoples as signing authority... Moreover majority of Medical institution in India has Medical MSc Teachers to look after the teaching and clinical laboratory services under them. So act of CEA... Cannot deniy legitimate rights of Medical MSc peoples as signatory authority.....

Hari Pankaj Vanam, says on March 20, 2017, 9:40 PM

Rules should be ammended in such way which reaches concordance and harmony!! A professional who is kept all his significant years in laboratory practice,envisioned his life for newer invention suddenly been excluded means rediculosly absurd!! Dear Modiji,JP Naddaji,and smritiji,your role in making superior indian minds will halt here,when you twart life's of all of us, please understand the pulse in hundred and thousands of us NMMTA. Jai Hind Long live NMMTA,and Medical MSc "we are choosen the path as only option,and not as of luck by chance"