Delhi: The Delhi Government on Friday has canceled the license of Shalimar Bagh, Max Hospital after a premature baby was wrongly declared dead last week. Citing medical negligence, the government has taken an immediate step this time to warn all the hospital authorities to be strict in their medical procedures.
Delhi government, that earlier formed a three-member inquiry panel to investigate the matter, found the hospital administration guilty for not following the norms while dealing with newborn infants. The license is canceled till further order as reported by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) of the Delhi government’s health department. Further, they have directed the hospital not to admit new patients and even cancel all outpatient department (OPD) services as soon as possible.
“The negligence in the newborn death case was unacceptable,” the Health Minister Satyendra Jain said. He further said that patients in hospital can shift to a different hospital if they wish for.
In response, the hospital gave a statement,
“We firmly believe that this ruling is harsh as we have not been given any prior chance to be heard. We believe that even if there is an individual error of judgment, holding the hospital responsible is quite unfair. This, in turn, can severely limit the ability for already admitted patients to access treatment. Moreover, this ruling will intensify the lack of hospital facilities in the National Capital.”
On November 30, one of the premature twins born at the hospital was wrongly declared as dead. When the parents were taking the infant to perform last rites, they found that the baby was alive. Unfortunately, the infant later died at a private clinic on December 6.
Several newborns and children die daily due to negligence in medical treatment. It seems that hospitals are carrying out‘open loot’ in the name of treatment.