Delhi government on Friday announced the cancellation of Max Hospital’s licence after it wrongly declared a new born baby dead.
The hospital can not take new patients, said Delhi government’s health minister, Satyendar Jain.
Jain said, “As Chief Minister (Arvind Kejriwal) had said that the private hospitals can function in the city but they have to conform to guidelines. We had received complaints against this hospital even in the past. Criminal negligence by hospitals can’t be tolerated. Therefore, we’ve decided to cancel this hospital’s licence. The patients already undergoing treatment at this hospital can continue to be there or the hospital can move them out, but it can’t admit new patients.”
The preliminary report submitted by the three-member panel had found several lapses by the hospital, which had not followed the medical norms. The report, prepared after scrutinising hospital records and meeting relevant staff, found the hospital, located in Shalimar Bagh, guilty of not having followed prescribed medical norms in dealing with newborn babies.
Jain said that the decision to cancel the hospital’s licence was taken after the final report was submitted by the three-member panel adding that the hospital in question was habitual offender.
Delhi’s Max Super Specialty Hospital had sacked two doctors, who had declared a 22-week-old premature baby dead even when he was alive. Later, it had also emerged that the hospital had quoted Rs 50 lakh as the cost to keep the baby at the nursery. The baby, meanwhile, remains critical at a nursing home in Pitampura.