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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

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Displaying an utter act of inhumanity, Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj held the body of a 17-day old baby over a mere due of Rs 3,500. The mournful parents of the deceased child belong to below poverty line (BPL) category. Later, the body was released after an intervention by a local MLA. He said the treatment should have been free of cost to the BPL family.

Father of the child Sandeep, who works as a driver in Vasant Kunj explained, “We had already paid Rs 20,000 as security deposit at the time of admission in the hospital. I have already lost four children and this fifth new born was suffering from a heart disease by birth.” The child was rushed to Fortis in an emergency when he stopped breathing after crying. Shortly, he was declared dead by the hospital authorities. He was under treatment at AIIMS.

Later, the hospital denied giving body to the family until they cleared the dues. Sandeep told that he somehow arranged the security deposit amount and could not afford anything more. He also explained about him being a BPL beneficiary, but the hospital denied any help. After a round of argument, Sandeep stiffly denied paying a single penny and demanded an explanation for not treating them accordingly.

Fortis Hospital in its statement scrapped all the charges saying that the body was handed over to the family well on time. They also denied levying any charges from the parents and said the treatment was done properly under BPL policies.

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Delhi Medical Council questions Max hospital’s registration

The notice was issued on December 20 -- the day the hospital resumed its services, soon after its registration was cancelled by the Delhi government and was barred from admitting new patients.

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Max hospital is in question due to its unethical practices
Max hospital is in question due to its unethical practices

In a new development that could spell fresh trouble for the Shalimar Bagh-located Max Hospital, the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) has issued a notice to the hospital seeking details of its qualification and details of the Delhi Nursing Council registration.

The notice was issued on December 20 — the day the hospital resumed its services, soon after its registration was cancelled by the Delhi government and was barred from admitting new patients.

The Delhi government’s action had come after a 22-week-old premature baby was declared dead at the hospital, even though he was alive, and handed over to his parents in a plastic bag, along with his still-born twin.

“Based on the medical reports that a newborn baby was declared dead along with his still-born twin and handed over to his parents at Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh. In this regard, the DMC has taken suo motu notice of the media reports, alleging medical negligence on the part of doctors of the hospital, and (the case) is being examined by DMC,” reads the notice.

The Council has also directed the hospital to submit a statement of defence, together with any other documents in support of their defence, within 15 days.

“You are directed to submit a copy of your qualification and Delhi Nursing Council registration details,” the notice said.

Girish Tyagi, the DMC Secretary, said the notice issued “is of concern to all the doctors in the hospital related to the case”, and the Council had sought their individual replies.

“We want to check the role of every doctor involved in the case, including the gynaecologist when the baby was delivered. We want to know what exactly happened,” Tyagi told IANS. IANS

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