License of Delhi's Shalimar Bagh Max Hospital cancelled in 'dead baby' case

by Jared Lewis December 10, 2017, 2:10
License of Delhi's Shalimar Bagh Max Hospital cancelled in 'dead baby' case

Several children die due to the negligence of doctors every year but hospitals seem to have learnt no lesson.

The family members of the newborn, who was allegedly declared dead along with his still-born twin by the hospital, staged a sit-in protest outside the hospital on Monday demanding a strict action against them.

The family of the baby, who was wrongly declared dead by Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, today welcomed the decision by the Delhi government to cancel its licence, saying the action will serve as a deterrent to other private hospitals.

The license of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh has been cancelled after it falsely declare a newborn dead and gave it away to the parents in a packet. The report, prepared after scrutinising hospital records and meeting relevant staff, found the hospital guilty of not having followed prescribed medical norms in dealing with newborn babies.

The minister said that a final report on an inquiry ordered by the government was submitted to them on Friday and the decision was taken after that.

In the order issued by the DGHS, the keeper of the hospital has been directed to "refrain from admitting any new indoor patient and stop all outdoor treatment service in the premises with immediate effect". The infants were handed over to them in a polythene bag, they said. "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 took the body yesterday and performed the last rites". The baby was then admitted in a clinic in Pitampura, but died on Wednesday.

The hospital authorities said they had received the cancellation notice, and believed it was "harsh". "This will compound the shortage of hospital facilities in the national capital", the Max Healthcare authorities said.

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