Delhi Medical Association Warns Of Strike Unless Max Hospital Licence Is Restored

| December 10 , 2017 , 08:35 IST

In a major step, the Delhi government on Friday had announced its decision to cancel the licence of Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh for incorrectly pronouncing a newborn as dead. The Delhi Medical Association, slamming the move as 'irrational and autocratic' urged Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to revoke the order, else resident doctors of private and government hospitals would go on strike.

In a letter sent to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, the DMA said that the government should have waited for the report from the Delhi Medical Council on the incident, before taking action against the hospital.

"We have written the letter to the Chief Minister and sought revocation of the licence cancellation order of Max Hospital. We also want the two doctors of the hospital to be reinstated before the report of the DMC comes out," said President-Elect of DMA Ashwini Goyal.

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"The decision to shut the entire hospital is irrational and autocratic. Private hospitals bear 80 percent of the patient's burden in Delhi. Action against the concerned doctors is expected but why should all other departments and the hospital suffer," said Goyal.

"If no action is taken on our demands than we will call for a strike of all the resident doctors of private as well as government hospitals in Delhi," he said.

As per the licence cancellation order, which was made after a 3-member panel submitted a report to the Delhi Health Minister, the hospital cannot admit any more new patients and also must stop all outpatient treatments and laboratory testing with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) termed the cancellation of licence "too harsh a step", supporting the hospital. The IMA added, that if all hospitals start facing such situations where patients die due to such mistakes then healthcare will come to a halt.

Twins born prematurely at 22-weeks on November 30 were declared dead by the Max Hospital of Shalimar Bagh in Delhi, but after the bodies were handed over, the parents discovered that one of the twins was in fact alive. The incorrect death proclamation resulted in controversy, while the newborn remained in critical condition at a different hospital, and died 6 days later.