The Tamil Nadu Medical Council will temporarily remove 11 doctors from the medical registry for violating the provisions of the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PC and PNDT) Act, 1994.
The State government had recently sent a recommendation to the medical council to take action against 16 persons — 11 doctors and five non-medical personnel — for violating the Act.
A Directorate of Medical Services (DMS) official said the recommendation followed a Government of India instruction to take action against those found violating the PC and PNDT Act. “Violators are usually taken to court and fined. But the Central government has instructed us to send the names of violators to the medical council for initiating stringent action,” said he said.
The 16 persons were mainly charged with foetal sex determination and running non-licensed scan centres, official sources said.
“The DMS sent us a letter in this regard in April. However, the names of the doctors, registration numbers and addresses are not clear. We have asked the DMS to give us a detailed list of the persons,” K. Prakasam, president of the TN Medical Council said.
The council managed to trace five doctors in the list. While two are from Anna Nagar, the others are from Kilpauk, West Mambalam and Kanyakumari district. The five non-medical personnel, mostly technicians, are from Nungambakkam, Chetpet, Adyar and Mannadi. “We have decided to temporarily erase their names from the register for a period of two to five years. This was decided during the general council meeting held on Wednesday. They cannot practice for the specified period,” Dr. Prakasam added.
He cautioned erring doctors about stringent action.
The directive was targeted at addressing the problem of declining child sex ratio in the country, he said.