Delhi government cancels Max Hospital's licence after "wrongly" declaring baby dead

Delhi govt cancels licence of Max Hospital for negligence in death of a new-born baby

Max Hospital a 'habitual offender', says Delhi Minister Satyendra Jain

Terming the Delhi government order as harsh, the Max Hospital said they were not given adequate opportunity to put forth their side of the story.

The grieving family of the baby, who was falsely declared dead by Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, thanked Delhi Government for cancelling the hospital's license, saying the action will serve as a deterrent to other private hospitals.

Jain said the hospital had been told that it could not admit any new patients but the treatment of those already there could continue. We believe that even if there is an individual error of judgement, holding the hospital responsible is unfair and will severely limit the ability for patients to access treatment.

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

An Indian hospital that mistakenly declared that a newborn baby dead has lost its license.

"Whereas we don't wish to interfere in day to day functioning of private hospitals, however, open loot or criminal negligence by any hospital won't be tolerated". "We are indebted to the Delhi government for taking swift action in the case".

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The IMA yesterday termed the cancellation of the licence "too harsh a step". Therefore, we've made a decision to cancel this hospital's licence.

Max Healthcare, which runs a chain of hospitals including the one in Shalimarbag, has sacked two doctors involved in the case but said its internal investigation was not yet complete.

IMA President KK Aggarwal, a cardiologist, said the government decision was "not in the interest of the society".

The case is about the birth of twins (a boy and a girl) on November 30. Private hospitals bear 80% of patient burden in Delhi.

On the way to the cremation, the family discovered that the baby boy was still breathing. The baby, meanwhile, remains critical at a nursing home in Pitampura.

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