Lab technicians, not doctors, must collect swabs for COVID-19 tests, declares TN govt

The Tamil Nadu Government Medical Laboratory Technicians Association had submitted in a public interest litigation that it is not their duty to collect swabs for COVID-19 tests

Published: 01st July 2020 06:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st July 2020 06:51 PM   |  A+A-

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Swab test being done for COVID-19 on slum children at Sowcarpet, Chennai. (Photo | P Jawahar, EPS)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: It's not doctors but lab technicians who are duty bound to collect swabs for COVID-19 tests, the state government informed the Madras high court on Wednesday.

State government pleader V Jayaprakash Narayanan told this to a division bench of Justices R Subbiah and Krishnan Ramaswamy when it was hearing a public interest litigation from the Tamil Nadu
Government Medical Laboratory Technicians Association.

The association, representing government lab technicians, had submitted that it is not their duty to collect swabs for COVID-19 tests. Only ENT professional doctors and post-graduate trainees should be assigned for this job, the petition contended.

However, the government pleader, on behalf of the state government, informed the court that it had always been part of the day-to-day duty of the lab technicians to collect swabs from patients.

It was one of the very important competencies that medical laboratory technicians should possess as part and parcel of their basic professional qualification, the government pleader said. The case was adjourned by a day by the court.


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