Max Hospital said cost to keep baby in nursery will be Rs 50 lakh, Delhi health minister says its licence could be cancelled


Delhi’s Max Hospital had allegedly told the parents that the bill for keeping the surviving baby in the nursery till it was out of danger would be Rs 50 lakh. Fresh allegations surfaced after Delhi Police on Saturday launched a full-blown investigation into complaints that the  city hospital in question had declared two new-born babies dead when one was discovered later to be alive.

The new allegation came even as Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that, if required, Max Hospital’s licence would also be cancelled.

Jain said, “When we came to know about negligence on the part of the hospital we ordered inquiry into the same. And I want to assure all that if they don’t work properly we will cancel the licence of the hospital.”

The news of Max Hospital having declared twin babies dead even though one of them survived after being brought home had shocked the nation. Social media platforms have been replete with condemnation by horrified users, who concluded that Max Hospital represented the general malaise infecting the private hospitals across India.

In a clear case of medical negligence, doctors at Shalimar Bagh-located Max Super Specialty Hospital on Friday had declared a baby dead, along with his stillborn twin, and handed the bodies over to family members in a polythene bag. The baby was found alive just moments before being buried.

According to the aggrieved family, the twins were born premature on Thursday. While one baby was stillborn, the other was declared dead hours later after his condition was stated to be “critical” and “unable to survive”, reported IANS.

The Max Hospital in a statement said, “It has been brought to our notice that a 22-week premature newborn, who is said to be on life support at a nursing home, was unfortunately handed over (as dead) … by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh.

“This baby was one of the twins delivered on the morning of November 30. The other baby was stillborn. We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident. We have initiated a detailed inquiry, pending which the doctors concerned have been asked to proceed on leave immediately.”

A similar incident was reported from Safdarjung Hospital in June when a newborn was found alive after doctors had declared the baby dead.