Preliminary inquiry report discovers shocking lapses by Max Hospital, Prescribed medical norms not followed


A three-member doctors’ panel constituted by the Delhi government on Tuesday submitted its preliminary report on Max Hospital to Delhi government. The report, prepared after scrutinising hospital records and meeting relevant staff, found the hospital guilty of not having followed prescribed medical norms in dealing with newborn babies.

The panel in its findings discovered that the doctors at the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh had not conducted any ECG tests to to trace whether the child was alive. The body was handed over to the family without any written instructions and, more crucially, the dead and alive children were not kept separately.

The report submitted to Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday. Jain had said that, if required, the hospital’s licence will be cancelled.

A Delhi government spokesperson said that they were now waiting for the final report before Jain decides what action needed to be taken against Max Hospital.

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.

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