Staff Reporter

They also demand resolution of their pay-related issues

NEW DELHI: A delegation of medical laboratory staff representatives under the banner of Joint Forum of Medical Technologists of India called on Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Dinesh Trivedi here requesting early enactment of the Paramedical and Physiotherapy Central Councils Bill, 2007, and also resolution of their long pending pay-related issues.

“Several allied health/paramedical professionals, especially medical laboratory technical staff of hospitals/institutions of Central and State governments, are working without any legislative/statutory council. All these allied health personnel are the backbone of the health care delivery system. This Bill is required for setting up central councils in order to get the uniformity in standard of education/training and maintaining registration and licensing for medical laboratory staff and other allied health professionals,” said Forum national convenor Kaptan Singh Sehrawat.

“The Paramedical and Physiotherapy Central Councils Bill, 2007, was introduced on December 4 in the Lok Sabha but we are still to hear positive news about it.”

The delegation also requested the Minister to extend his support in introducing the Bill afresh after resolving hurdles if any.

“We have also put forth the issue of upgrading the pay scale of medical laboratory technologists. We have asked for early introduction and enactment of the Bill so that all allied health professional can get the respect and recognition they deserve. We have been assured that our matter will be taken up,” said Mr. Sehrawat.