“Pathologists are the soul of the diagnostic industry”

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Dr Dinkar Desai, President, The Pathologist Association (TPA), President Association of Practicing Pathologist of India (APPI) during his address at the third Elets Diagnostics Leadership Summit called for collective efforts to tackle the growing menace of illegal labs. Edited excerpts:

Emphasising on the importance of the eyes behind a microscope and man behind a machine, Dr Dinkar Desai, President, The Pathologist Association (TPA), President, Association of Practicing Pathologist of India (APPI) shared that covid pandemic drew national attention to the diagnostic world. “Pathologist is said to be a doctor of doctors. But in reality the pathologist is struggling to survive,” stated Dr. Desai.

He mentioned about a 2018 judgment made by the Supreme Court stating that only qualified pathologists can authenticate a report. He stated that unfortunately the SC judgment is not being followed with illegal labs and practices mushrooming. He called for strict adherence to this judgment. He shared that the vacant post graduate seats in pathology are a proof to this rise of illegal labs and called for collective efforts to address this issue as the basic soul of the diagnostic industry, the pathologist & the doctor behind the scene is getting forgotten.

He further added that the theme of the summit is very apt and timely and needs to be addressed with indepth introspection as it will help to raise the bar of our standards.

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