Delhi's Max Hospital Terminates Services Of 2 Doctors For Wrongfully Declaring Baby Dead

| December 4 , 2017 , 13:44 IST

Max Super Speciality Hospital in Delhi's Shalimar Bagh has terminated the services of two treating doctors who were involved in declaring a 22-week-old premature baby as dead while the baby was still alive.

The terminations come in the wake of Max Hospital setting up an inquiry into the incident, with two members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on the panel.

"While the inquiry by the expert group which includes external experts from IMA is still in process, we have decided to terminate the services of the two treating doctors, Dr. A P Mehta and Dr. Vishal Gupta in the case relating to the twin extreme pre-term babies," IANS quoted the hospital as saying in a statement.

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"This strict action has been taken on the basis of our initial discussions with the expert group and as a reflection of our commitment to higher standards of care," the statement said.

The hospital added that the action against the two doctors should not be taken in any other manner except as an expression of the hospital's commitment to providing quality healthcare.

On November 30, twin babies, a boy and a girl, were born prematurely at 22 weeks. Both the babies were declared dead, while the girl was a stillborn, the boy reportedly died in the nursery. When the bodies were handed over to the parents, the family noticed slight movement and discovered that the boy was still alive.

The premature baby boy was taken to a nursing home in Pitampura where he remains in critical condition.

The government ordered an inquiry into the incident on Friday, when it came to know about the alleged negligence of the concerned hospital, Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain said on Saturday. He added that strict action would be taken against the hospital and if needed, the hospital's licence would be cancelled.