Delhi Medical Association Warns Of Strike Unless Max Hospital Licence Is Restored

Faith Castro
December 10, 2017

"The patients already undergoing treatment at this hospital can continue to be there or the hospital can move them out, but it can't admit new patients".

Reacting to the case of medical negligence, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, "open loot or criminal negligence" by any hospital will not be tolerated.

In a letter sent to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, the DMA said that the government should have waited for the report from the Delhi Medical Council on the incident, before taking action against the hospital.

"The registration of Max Super Specialty Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, stands cancelled, till further orders.", said the cancellation order.

"Three notices had been issued to the hospital over lapses involving the EWS (extremely weaker section) quota patients".

Even though the Delhi government on Friday cancelled the licence of Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, over a week after it erroneously declared a newborn dead, the hospital says the decision was taken without hearing their version.

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Kumar, father of the twins, has refused to take the body of his child, and had demanded that the doctors of Max Hospital responsible for the act of negligence be arrested.

According to DMA, while the investigation against the concerned doctors was expected, the decision to shut down the entire hospital was too harsh.

On November 30, the premature twins were allegedly declared dead by Max Hospital, and were handed in a polythene bag to their parents, who later realised that one of them was alive while on way their to a crematorium to perform the last rites. "Action against the concerned doctors is expected but why should all other departments and the hospital suffer", Ashwini Goyal of DMA told IANS. Private hospitals bear 80% of the patients' burden in Delhi.

The baby was later admitted in a clinic in Pitampura, but died on Wednesday. It backed the hospital and said if all hospitals start facing such situations where patients die due to such mistakes then healthcare will come to a halt.

The IMA yesterday termed the cancellation of the licence "too harsh a step".

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