The Delhi government on Friday cancelled the license of Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, after doctors erroneously declared a newborn dead. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that the license of the hospital stands cancelled with immediate effect. He also said that the preliminary enquiry report submitted to him found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with the newborn infants. The Enquiry panel said that no ECG was done to determine whether the child was alive or dead.

“No ECG tracings was done to trace whether the child was alive, body was handed over without written instructions, and dead and alive children were not kept separately,” said a spokesperson of the Delhi government unveiling the content of the preliminary report. The preliminary report by a three-member panel of the Delhi government was submitted to Satyendar Jain after scrutinising hospital records and meeting the staff concerned.

On November 30, a premature baby was wrongly declared dead by the Super Specialty Max Hospital and his body was handed over to his parents in a polythene bag along with his stillborn twin brother. Later, when the family was on their way to perform the last rites, they noticed some movement in the polythene bag. When they opened it, they found the baby alive and immediately rushed him to a nursing home in Pitampura.

The hospital authorities, in a statement, have said that they have terminated two doctors Dr AP Mehta and Dr Vishal Gupta for their negligence in the case relating to the twin extreme pre-term babies.

“While the inquiry by the expert group which includes external experts from the IMA is still in process, we have decided to terminate the services of the two treating doctors, Dr A.P. Mehta and Dr Vishal Gupta, in the case relating to the twin extreme pre-term babies,” the hospital said in a statement earlier.