Two doctors were fired Monday from a hospital in Indian capital New Delhi for mistakenly declaring a newborn dead. "Apart from the medical committee formed by the Indian Medical Council, we are seeking medical opinion on how the doctors at the private hospital were not able to evaluate whether the pre mature was alive or dead before handing it over to the parents".
In a statement issued late on Sunday, Max Healthcare informed that it had chose to terminate the services of the two doctors involved.
Two IMA doctors have been included in an inquiry panel set up by Max Super Specialty Hospital here to investigate a case wherein one of the premature twins was pronounced dead even though he was alive, informed sources said on Sunday.
They took the baby to a nursing home near their residence where he is still admitted, though the condition remains critical.
"We wish to clarify that this action should not presuppose finding of any lapse by the expert group and should not be construed in anyway to be anything other than an expression of our continued commitment to providing quality health care".
The Max Healthcare authorities had ordered an inquiry into the case on December 1.
The hospital has confirmed the doctor has been suspended while investigations are ongoing.
The premature baby, weighing less than 500g (1lb), was rushed back to hospital but died a short time later. The father of the twins said in the formal complaint that the hospital told him that the foetuses his six-month pregnant wife was carrying had only 10-15 percent chances of survival.
The Delhi Police have registered a case of attempt to culpable homicide against the hospital.
According to local media, they rushed the newborn to a nearby hospital where they found that the baby boy was alive and is now being treated at a nursing home in New Delhi. This baby was one of the twins delivered on the morning of Nov 30. Family members are unsure if the newborn will survive.