M.Sc medical teachers seek authority to sign clinical reports

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New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The National M.Sc Medical Teachers Association (NMMTA) protested here on Monday, saying that the new norms under the Clinical Establishments (Central Government) rules on diagnostic laboratories deny them any role in clinical diagnostics, including signing the reports.

Protesting, over 100 members of the NMMTA said that while many corporate hospitals and private diagnostic laboratories in the country have Medical M.Sc post-graduates interpreting and signing laboratory test reports, the new norms make it mandatory that all diagnostic laboratories have doctors (registered with Medical Council of India or State Medical Council) signing test reports.

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.

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While ten states and six Union Territories, except Delhi, adopted the rules, they are being implemented in Rajasthan and Jharkhand as of now.

“The implementation of these rules in Rajasthan and Jharkhand recently is making post-graduates jittery across the country. There is widespread resentment among Medical M.Sc. post-graduates, whose concern 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 the states. However, the Union Health Ministry is firm on its stand,” said a statement from the NMMTA.

The NMMTA members, who have also written to Health Minister J.P. Nadda, have sought the modification of National Council for Clinical Establishment guidelines to accommodate medical M.Sc degree as a qualification to interpret and sign diagnostic test reports in microbiology and biochemistry.

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Arjun Maitra, Secretary, NMMTA, said that Medical M.Sc is a post-graduate 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.



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  1. 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…..

  2. Like M.D. Biochemistry /Microbiology course, the curriculum and syllabus of M.Sc. medical degree courses are also specially designed for thorough understanding of every aspect of disease process from biochemical/microbiological viewpoint. M.sc. medical students are also taught Biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, anatomy, pharmacology and have to undertake thesis work, seminar and overall there are clinical laboratory posting too. These are different degree with same curriculum and syllabus and both are taught in medical college under same teacher/guide. Therefore, discriminatory guideline in the Clinical Establishment Acts regarding signatory authority in patient investigation laboratory are very much humiliating, unfair and biased one.