Health ministry forms committee to inspect post-mortem centres in Maharsahtra

The union health and family welfare ministry has constituted a committee to inspect the condition of post-mortem centres in government hospitals across Maharashtra

Health ministry forms committee to inspect post-mortem centres in Maharashtra
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  • The nine-member committee has started inspection of all the post-mortem centres in the district and the sub-district hospitals
  • The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High court had given the order to the union government to while hearing a public interest litigation
  • The committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Dr AK Gadpayle, Additional Health Director, Health, and Family Welfare department.

The post-mortem centres in the government hospitals across India are in shambles. Raising this issue, Dr Indrajit Khandekar, a professor attached to Forensic Medicine Department in Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, Wardha had filed a PIL in the High Court.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Prof Dr Indrajit Khandekar said, “A number of post-mortem centres are in a very bad condition. Where specialised doctors do not carry out the post-mortem. 80% of the post-mortem is performed by a MBBS doctor. Owing to which a number of times, we witness discrepancies in the post-mortem report. We should have a law to streamline the post-mortem process.”

Dr Khandekar further added, “The committee had the meeting on this issue. And I have briefed the committee on various aspects. The committee will decide whether we need a special law to improve the post-mortem process.”

Key demands in the PIL:

  • MBBS doctors should not perform the post-mortem.
  • Forensic medicine expert should be posted in each and every district.
  • Post-mortem centres should be upgraded.
  • Six months training should be given to the doctor who will perform post-mortems.