The Hush Post: Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday said that strict action will be taken against Max Super Speciality Hospital and if required its licence would be cancelled, after the hospital in a case of medical negligence declared an alive newborn as dead along with its stillborn twin.
The Delhi Medical Council is probing charges of negligence by the private hospital for allegedly declaring a newborn, who was alive, as dead. “When we came to know about negligence on the part of the hospital we ordered an inquiry. I want to assure all that if they don’t work properly we will cancel the licence of the hospital,” Jain said. He said the inquiry report will come by Monday. 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”. He also said that a show cause notice was served to the hospital on November 22 for not treating the patients of EWS (economically weaker section) category.
The baby was declared dead along with his still-born twin. The body wrapped in a plastic package was handed over to his parents. One of the twins (both declared to be dead by the hospital) showed signs of life on way to the burial ground.
The twins born on Friday morning at Max Super Speciality Hospital in Shalimar Bagh were being taken for burial about six hours later when the grandfather of the babies felt movement in the package. The bodies had been wrapped in a courier like package by the hospital authorities. When they opened it the baby inside was breathing, said the baby’s grandfather.
The family rushed to a smaller hospital nearby where they were told that the baby boy was alive. He is now on ventilator at the same hospital.
One of the twins was declared still-born soon after birth. The parents of the surviving twin, who live in Nangloi, were told that he needed critical medical care and had to be kept in an incubator. They were told that treatment for three days would cost Rs 1 lakh each and after that it would cost Rs 50,000 each day.
In a statement, the hospital said the “22-week premature baby” was handed over without any sign of life. “We have initiated a detailed enquiry, pending which, the concerned doctor has been asked to proceed on leave immediately. We are in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the needed support,” said the statement.