The association has claimed that around 70 to 80 per cent of pathology labs in the state are illegal.
Mumbai: The Maharashtra Association of Practicing Pathologists and Micro-biologists has threatened the state government of a hunger strike. It has alleged that illegal pathology labs are increasing by the day, and that the state government is not doing enough to tackle this menace. The association has claimed that around 70 to 80 per cent of pathology labs in the state are illegal.
The association will go on a hunger strike in January if the state government does not issue a government resolution (GR) in connection with taking legal action agai-nst the bogus pathologists.
Based on a survey carried out in Nashik municipal district, it was revealed that 318 out of the 453 laboratories operating in the city were illegal. This was a common scenario across urban and rural areas of the state.
Dr Prasad Kulkarni, executive committee me-mber, president of the Maharashtra Association of Practicing Pathologists and Microbiol-ogists, said, “Recently, the Supreme Court had ordered that only those who have a post-graduate degree in pathology can sign lab reports but in a number of pathology labs, technicians are signing diagnostic reports.”