Case registered against Max Hospital over negligence issue

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Case registered against Max Hospital over negligence issue

The family members of the twins found one of the them breathing while they were on their way to cremate the infants about an hour after doctors at the Max Super Speciality Hospital in Shalimar Bagh (West Delhi) declared them "stillborn".

Recounting the ordeal, the grandfather of the baby said, "I was told by the doctors that one baby is already dead while second baby needs to be admitted which will cost Rs 1 lakh per day and total cost will come to around Rs 50 lacs". "And I want to assure all that if they don't work properly we will cancel the licence of the hospital", Jain said. The other baby was still-born.

"Until there is investigation into this and action taken, we will continue our sit-down protest here", said Parveen, who has given ET permission to use his name. The incident was reported from the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh on Thursday. The hospital wrapped the two bodies in two separate paper bags and handed them over to the family in a polythene bag.

Union Health Minister JP Nadda directed the Delhi government to look into the matter, after which the has ordered a probe and sought a preliminary report within three days.

In a statement, the hospital said the boy was "handed over without any sign of life" by hospital staff. "We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident", the hospital added.

The Delhi Police registered a case under Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the IPC - an offence punishable with imprisonment up to seven years - against the hospital after family lodged a complaint with police.

Delhi's minister for health Satyendar Jain has asked for a preliminary report within 72 hours and a final report in a week. We have initiated a detailed inquiry, pending which, the doctor concerned has been asked to proceed on a leave immediately. "We are in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the needed support", the statement said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also tweeted saying authorities would take the "strongest action" if someone is found at fault.

Meanwhile, the hospital too said that it has begun investigating the incident which it termed "unfortunate". He called it a case of "shocking criminal negligence" and an "unacceptable act".

"Under the court's direction, we will also consult Delhi Medical Council or Indian Medical council, and convey to them details of all circumstances".

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