Shortage of Registered Pathologists in India Continues to Put Patients at Risk in Illegal Labs that Defy Bombay Court Orders

Professional pathologist’s organization in Maharashtra, India, demands that the government’s Directorate of Medical Education and Research intensify enforcement of laws regulating clinical pathology labs, or suspend the director for failing to comply There are thousands more medical laboratories in India than there are certified pathologists to supervise and direct them. This is becoming a source of conflict. On one side are consumers who want quality medical laboratory testing services they...

Medical Labs Attacked in India as Part of Ongoing Scope-of-Practice Battle between Pathologists and Medical Laboratory Technologists

India’s courts are slowly addressing scope of practice issues in pathology laboratories Turf wars among medical laboratory professionals about scope of practice—combined with concerns about price-gouging—resulted in the ransacking of three pathology laboratories in India. On Thursday, June 21, 2012, members of the regional political party known as Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) attacked three pathology laboratories, damaging equipment and furniture. The three medical laboratories were...
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