Delhi’s Max Super Specialty Hospital has sacked two doctors, who had declared a 22-week-old premature baby dead even when he was alive. The private hospital, located in Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh area, had promised to conclude its investigation on Monday. In its atatement, the hospital said, “While the inquiry by the expert group which includes external experts from IMA is still in process, we have decided to terminate the services of the two treating doctors, Dr AP Mehta and Dr Vishal Gupta in the case relating to the twin extreme pre-term babies.” The hospital’s action comes after Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that, if required, its licence could be cancelled. The statement by Max Hospital added, “This strict action has been taken on the basis of our initial discussions with the expert group and as a reflection of our commitment to higher standards of care.”
On 30 November, doctors at the hospital had declared the 22-week-old premature baby dead before handing over the body to the parents in a polythene bag along with his stillborn twin brother. Later it emerged that the hospital had quoted Rs 50 lakh as the cost to keep the baby at the nursery. The baby, meanwhile, remains critical at a nursing home in Pitampura. “The baby is in a critical condition now. The body is supposed to be kept under observation for 72 hours after admission on Friday,” a nursing home doctor, who did not want to be named, told IANS. A similar incident was reported from Safdarjung Hospital in June when a newborn was found alive even though the doctors had declared him dead.