One more death at Delhi’s Max Hospital, family allege foul play


Delhi’s Max Hospital, which had hit media headlines after wrongly declaring a newborn baby dead, is in news again. This was after a 58-year-old man died during surgery at the same hospital, whose licence was cancelled by the Delhi government before it was reversed by the office of Financial Commissioner in Delhi government.

“The hospital told us that Dr Nadeem Bhambari will operate him but after we were told that he died during operation, we wanted to confront doctors for the reason of his death. Then we realised that instead of Dr Nadeem a junior doctor operated him,” Sarika Chander, daughter of deceased Kamlesh Chander, was quoted by India Today.

The hospital, in its statement said, “The patient was brought into the emergency in the afternoon of December 25, with complaints of chest pain and breathlessness. Initial ECG confirmed acute heart attack. Further investigation revealed blockage in three major arteries. The patient had a history of diabetes, hypertension and smoking. Despite due efforts by the medical team, the patient could not be saved. We have an established protocol for review of all complaints that are raised and we are committed to following the full process.”

Chander said that she will approach Union Health Minister JP Nadda.

“We will try to reach out to health minister JP Nadda and the chief medical officer of Delhi on Thursday. We want justice. My father was on his feet when he visited the hospital on December 25. He was sweating, so they took him to the emergency ward and an ECG test was conducted. The test revealed that he had blockage in his arteries,” she was quoted by DNA.

The family also alleged that the hospital had refused to handover the body demanding payment, an allegation vehemently denied by the Max authorities.

The Shalimar Bagh police confirmed that they had received the complaint adding that they had initiated inquest proceedings as they awaited the autopsy report.

Delhi government on 8 December had cancelled the licence of Max Hospital in Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh after it wrongly declared a new born baby dead.

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.

Delhi’s health minister, Satyender Jain had 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.