Delhi government cancels Max Hospital's licence


On Saturday, Jain had said that strict action would be taken against city-based private Max Hospital and its licence would be cancelled if required after the hospital declared dead a live baby. "The negligence in the newborn death case was unacceptable", Jain said at a press conference.

The hospital handed the twins to the family in a polythene sac, however, the boy was found alive while the parents were on the way to crematorium for performing last rites.

On Wednesday, the baby boy found alive after being declared dead along with his still-born twin and handed over to his parents in a plastic bag last month by Max Hospital died after almost a week of treatment.

The family of the kid had alleged that Max hospital tried to bribe them to hush up the case.

According to the family, senior police officers met them on Thursday and informed them that investigation into the case has been transferred to the Crime Branch. "The hospital said for three days, it will cost Rs. 1 lakh each and after that, it would cost Rs. 50,000 each day, and he had to be kept for three months", a relative said.

His mother had given birth to twins but the girl was declared stillborn.

The hospital, with more than 300 beds, is one of 14 in the Max Healthcare system across India.

A medical negligence case has been registered under section 308 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the hospital.

After death of the infant, family members have demanded cancellation of Max Hospital's license and an FIR against the doctors who were involved in the medical negligence.

"We wish to clarify that this action should not presuppose finding of any lapse by the expert group and should not be construed in any way to be anything other than an expression of our continued commitment to providing quality healthcare", said Max Healthcare in a statement.

A Delhi government panel found on Tuesday that the hospital did not conduct electrocardiography to determine whether the baby was alive.