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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: A DAY AFTER DELHI GOVT CANCELS MAX HOSPITAL’S LICENCE, HARYANA TOO FILES FIR AGAINST FORTIS

The Hush Post: On Friday, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain cancelled the licence of Max Shalimar Bagh after a premature baby was wrongly declared dead. Taking the cue, a day later, the Haryana Health Department has now filed an FIR against Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon after a 7-year-old girl died in the hospital allegedly due to medical negligence. Health Minister Anil Vij  tweeted on Sunday ‘ FIR No. 639 Registered against#fortis Hospital Gurugram at Sushant Lok Gurugram Police Station u/s 304 Part 2 by Health Department Haryana’.  The Fortis hospital, Gurugram, had slapped a bill of Rs 15 lakh for Adya Singh’s 15-day treatment before she died of dengue. Section 304 (ii) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) deals with culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

The Health Minister said his department had also written to the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to cancel the lease of land to Fortis due to alleged violations of terms and conditions of the agreement.

Denying medical negligence, the hospital had earlier refuted the charges claiming the patient’s family was duly informed about the bill on a daily basis.

Three months after the girl’s death, the deceased’s father also filed a complaint against the hospital on Saturday. In his complaint, Jayant Singh accused 18 people including the chairperson, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Executive Vice-Chairman, Fortis Healthcare, and nine doctors, of culpable homicide, forgery, cheating and dishonest inducement of monies. An FIR, however, is yet to be registered on the basis of his complaint, with police saying they will first have to conduct some “preliminary investigations”.

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