Delhi government cancels license of Max hospital over newborn’s death

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The Delhi government has canceled the license of Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, over doctors wrongly a newborn baby dead, the Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain on Friday. “The hospital has been found to be negligent and the government has decided to cancel its license. All the patients currently admitted to the hospital will receive complete treatment, however, no new admissions will be allowed,” said Minister Satyendra Jain.

The cancellation of the hospital’s license means that they have to close all its operations, including the out-patient services and emergency services where new patients come in, with immediate effect. Delhi’s health minister Satyendra Jain said in a press conference that “The negligence in the newborn death case was unacceptable. Also, the hospital has been a habitual offender”. The Max hospital has received notices from the government in past for the allotting beds for the patients belonging to the economically weaker sections according to the conditions set by the government for offering hospitals subsidized lands.

“Usually, during the period when dengue cases are at its peak, hospitals are given permissions to increase their bed strength by 10 – 20% to treat fever patients. It was found that the hospital in Shalimar Bagh had been running these beds even after the period for which the additional beds were allowed and for treating people other than fever patients,” the government spokesperson Nagendar Sharma said. The whole issue started when the twins (a boy and a girl) were declared dead by doctors at Max hospital but the parents later noticed the boy was alive. The parents added that the infants were given to them in a polythene bag.

The prematurely born baby boy on November 30 died after a week in a clinic in Pitampura where he was being treated following his parents found him alive while taking his “body” for final rites. On Tuesday, a Delhi government probe panel had found the Max hospital guilty of negligence in declaring the child dead. His sister, on the other hand, was stillborn.

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