Case registered against Max Hospital over negligence issue

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"It has been brought to our attention that a premature (22 weeks), newborn baby who is reported to be on life support at a nursing home was unfortunately handed over without any sign of life by Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh". Narrating the incident, family members said six-month pregnant Varsha -who was earlier admitted at a nursing home in Paschim Vihar - was admitted to Max on November 28, where doctors told the family that her situation is critical and chances of newborns' survival are less.

The Max Hospital had declared the baby dead along with his still-born twin, however, he was found alive when he was being taken for cremation.

Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Twitter that an official inquiry would be ordered, and that the "strongest action" would be taken if the doctors who had pronounced the child's death were found guilty. "We are also consulting legal experts", Pathak said.

Shalimar Bagh's Max Super Speciality Hospital - has admitted to the incident.

The Haryana government has reportedly set up a committee to probe this matter and is expected to submit a report of action taken to the union health ministry secretary Preeti Sudan by next week.

"When we came to know about negligence on the part of the hospital we ordered inquiry into the same". This baby was one of the twins delivered on November 30 morning. The other baby was still-born.

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According to the twins' grandfather, the stunned family rushed the newborn to a nearby hospital where they were told that their baby was still alive, local media reported.

Delhi Medical Council's Registrar Girish Tyagi in a statement here said the council after taking suo-moto cognisance of the incident has made a decision to examine the case. "We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident", the hospital added.

The statement said a detailed enquiry was initiated, pending which, the doctor concerned was asked to proceed on leave immediately and that they were in constant touch with the parents and were providing all the support required.

This section is for "attempt to commit culpable homicide" and carries a punishment of upto seven years of imprisonment.

Delhi police has sent the documents pertaining to the case to the Medical Council of India and the Delhi Medical Council for their opinion.

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