Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam on Saturday said it is time to set up a clinical diagnostic technology council under which all laboratories and imaging centres can be registered and graded as per their services.
He also asked the Kerala chapter of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA) to come forward to introduce uniform pricing for all imaging services in the coastal state.
The Governor was speaking after inaugurating the 36th annual conference of the IRIA here.
Sathasivam said the association should give right inputs to help create a regulatory mechanism to ensure uniform rates and, more importantly, quality of service offered to the patients.
He said radiologists have traditionally remained behind the scenes in giving patient care, but society must be made aware of radiology's role as a critical link between physicians and patients.
The Governor said it was the Supreme Court that directed the Union government to implement the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994, which was misused for sex-selective discriminatory practices.
Sathasivam, a retired Supreme Court Chief Justice, cautioned radiologists to be very careful since they were now held responsible for mistakes usually seen as clerical errors in reports.
Pointing out that the IRIA felt that some provisions of the said Act were misused, he said the provisions need to be reviewed in such a way that honest doctors get adequate protection.
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