Services of 2 doctors in India terminated for declaring living baby dead

Newborn little hand hold by adult hand

"Sought a report on shocking criminal negligence by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh and directed Dept to conduct a inquiry into this unacceptable act", tweeted health minister Satyendar Jain.

Max Hospital in Shalimar bagh has made a decision to terminate the services of two doctors allegedly involved in the case of a premature baby being wrongly declared dead, the hospital said in a statement issued on Sunday night.

On Nov. 30, doctors at the hospital declared the 22-week-old premature baby dead and handed them over to their parents in a polythene bag along with his stillborn twin brother.

But when they were driving to the cremation ground, the family noticed one of the bags moving and found the little boy still alive. If the state's own probe finds the hospital guilty of medical negligence, it could have its licence revoked.

Later it emerged that the hospital had quoted Rs 50 lakh as the cost to keep the baby at the nursery.

The mother was brought to the hospital from a nursing home in Paschim Vihar, police said. The other baby was still-born.

Police were also seeking opinion of experts in the case, he said.

Yesterday, the hospital authorities had said that an investigation into the issue was expected to conclude today.

He claimed that a lot of influential people are involved with running private hospitals, and so "government hospitals are being ruined, to benefit the private ones".

Police have registered a case in the matter under Section 308 of the IPC which governs cases related to attempt to commit culpable homicide and can attract imprisonment of up to seven years. "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.

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