The Delhi government has cancelled the medical license of Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh on Friday with immediate effect. The decision comes after the hospital was found guilty of medical negligence for erroneously declaring a newborn dead.

The newborn who was mistakenly declared dead along with his twin by the hospital last Friday died in a local nursing home in Pitampura on Wednesday afternoon, the family confirmed. The mother continues to be hospitalized in Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh.

Allegations had emerged that the hospital had handed over twins it had declared dead to the family in “polythene packets” and that one of the babies turned out to be alive while being taken to the cremation ground.

“We cannot tolerate any criminal negligence. What has happened is not acceptable. We have earlier also issued notices to hospital for violating EWS norms. The Delhi government has decided to cancel the licence of Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh. Hospital has been found guilty. For action against the doctors the Delhi Medical Council are competent to take action,” said Health Minister, Satyendra Jain

The hospital can carry out the treatment of existing patients. “The admitted patients can be asked to shift to other hospitals. New patients cannot be admitted. It means hospital will not function,” Jain added.

In its preliminary report, the three-member expert panel had found the hospital guilty of not having followed “prescribed medical norms” in dealing with newborn infants.

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