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Delhi Govt Takes Action In Max Hospital Case, Cancels License For Wrongly Declaring Newborn Dead

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| December 8 , 2017 , 19:01 IST

The Max hospital of Delhi has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The infamous incident where the authorities wrongly declared a newborn dead, who later breathed his last while fighting for life has finally caught the state government’s eyes.

Taking an immediate action against such negligence, Delhi government has decided to suspend the license of Max Hospital’s Shalimar Bagh branch, disallowing the authorities to take in new patients, with effect from December 8, 2018.

In an investigation upheld by the Delhi Health Ministry, the hospital was found guilty of medical negligence by the three-member panel. Reports suggest that the existing patients can either continue their treatment with the hospital or move to another hospital of their choice.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain slammed the hospital saying, “We cannot tolerate any criminal negligence. What has happened is not acceptable. We have earlier also issued notices to hospital for violating EWS norms. The Delhi government has decided to cancel the license of Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh.

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“Hospital has been found guilty. For action against the doctors the Delhi Medical Council are competent to take action,” he added. “The admitted patients can be asked to shift to other hospitals. New patients cannot be admitted. It means hospital will not function,” Jain confirmed.

During the investigation, the hospital was found guilty of not following the “prescribed medical norms” while dealing with the newborn’s case which ended with the fatal demise of a child. Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal has also condemned criminal negligence by hospitals.

He tweeted, “Whereas we don’t wish to interfere in day to day functioning of pvt hospitals, however, open loot or criminal negligence by any hospital won’t be tolerated. We won’t hesitate to take strongest action in such cases.”

The Max Super Speciality Hospital in Delhi's Shalimar Bagh landed in controversy when it declared a baby born prematurely as dead, and the parents discovered that the baby was in fact living. The miracle baby who was in critical condition when taken to another hospital died on Wednesday during treatment.

Twins had been born prematurely at 22 weeks at the Max Hospital on November 30 and both were declared to be dead by the hospital, later the parents found out that one of the twins was living, and immediately took the baby to another hospital in Pitampura.  

The premature baby couldn’t survive the atrocities of life and was declared dead after 6 days of treatment. The wrongful declaration of death by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh resulted in controversy as the hospital was accused of medical negligence, which was confirmed in the Delhi government’s probe.