Approval needed for hysterectomies in Beed

Private doctors from Beed conducting uterus removal surgeries will now have to first seek permission to carry out the procedure from the civil surgeon or the taluka health officer. A circular issued by the Beed Collector Astik Kumar Pandey on April 16 has also stated that all hysterectomies by private practitioners be notified within 24 hours of the procedure and a monthly report of such surgeries should be sent to the health authorities.

The circular, however, has not gone down well with doctors, who feel it will affect emergency surgeries. “A doctor is the best to decide the line of treatment. There cannot be such conditions dictated by the Collector,” said Dr. Kalyan Barmade, chairperson of the public awareness committee of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI). He said that FOGSI is seeking legal opinion on this with all its members.

On April 9, The Hindu Business Line had reported that many women in Beed have had hysterectomies so that menstrual periods don’t hinder work.

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