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A pathologist is one who identifies diseases and conditions by studying abnormal cells and tissues. But, in Mumbai and Maharashtra, the number of bogus pathologists is increasing by the day.

A pathology report is a medical document written by a pathologist. A pathologist is a doctor who specialises in interpreting laboratory tests and evaluating cells, tissues, and organs to diagnose disease. But in Maharashtra, the number of fake pathologists is increasing. And one wrong report by them, can be risky for patient’s life

Before the monsoon legislative assembly, the state government had promised pathologists associations that they will take steps to address this. The Maharashtra government had assured the Maharashtra Association of Practising Pathologists and Microbiologists that they would bring in a government resolution.

But after one-and-a-half month the government is yet to come out with a resolution on this issue.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sandeep Yadav, president of Maharashtra Association of Practising Pathologists and Microbiologists (MAPPM), said, “At the moment, there are 4000 registered pathologists in Mumbai, while 70% of pathologists are illegally operating in the state. The number of illegal labs are increasing, but it is surprising to see that the government is not taking any action on this issue.”

He added, “The Supreme Court had passed a verdict that only registered pathologists can sign pathology reports. Even though the Supreme Court has stated this the state government has shown apathy towards this. They do not seem concerned about the health of the people. Only doctors are fighting for the common man.”

Yadav further said, “The government has only given promises in the assembly. But they have done nothing to back this up. They don’t seem serious about this issue.”

In the state of Maharashtra, be it rural or urban areas, there are thousands of illegal pathology laboratories run by unqualified personnel. This is quackery in the medical field and is hazardous to public health.

While Dr Prasad Kulkarni, Executive Committee Member, Maharashtra Association of Practicing Pathologist and Microbiologist, said, “Only people who have studied pathology as subject and are registered with the Maharashtra Medical Council can sign reports. The Supreme Court has given the verdict it has been upheld by the Bombay High Court. In 2005, the we had filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court, in response to the PIL the high court had asked the government to take action against bogus pathologists. The state government has not paid heed to this.”

He added, “The state government had taken out a government resolution (GR) on May 24, 2016, but it withdrew this within two days. The pathologist association has been demanding for a stringent GR for many months. We have only received promises, but no action has been taken by the government.”

Clearing doubts about the government resolution, Ravindra Chavan, Minister of State for Medical Education (Maharashtra) said, “There is no government resolution in place yet. We are processing it, but can’t assure when it will be released.”

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