The Delhi government on Friday cancelled the licence of Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh. The decision comes nearly a week after one of the premature twins born on November 30 and declared dead was found alive by the parents while being taken for last rites. The infant later died at a private clinic on December 6. As per an order of the Directorate General of Health Services, the licence of the hospital stands cancelled until further orders. Max has also been directed not to admit new patients and to cancel all outpatient department (OPD) services with immediate effect. Delhi health minister Satyender Jain, however, said patients already admitted there would not be affected. Hospital authorities have been told to let patients’ families decide whether or not they want to continue treatment at Max. The order says a committee constituted on December 1 reported a “prima facie case of gross medical lapses on part of the hospital authorities.” Lapses cited by the committee include a failure to keep a record of vital medical entries and “missing” signs of life in the male infant before handing the baby over to its parents. Jain said the hospital was a regular offender and that three… Read full this story
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