The services of two doctors at a leading private hospital in Indian capital city New Delhi were terminated for incorrectly declaring newly born twins "dead", while one of them was alive, officials said Monday.
The parents, residents of Nangloi, were taking the twins for last rites when they discovered that the child was alive.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Kumar Jain on Saturday said if the Max hospital continued with the negligence, the state government would cancel their licence.
"When we opened the bag, we found the boy breathing".
The hospital released a statement saying that they gave the baby to the family "without any sign of life".
Investigating officers are also expert opinion on the need for the three injections, which the baby's father, Ashish, had alleged cost Rs 35,000 and were meant to increase chances of the twin's survival.
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Police officers said the focus of the questioning was to find out the specific duties of each member of the medical team at the time of the incident, seek justification for three expensive injections and a Rs 50-lakh bill that was quoted to the family. "We are in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the support needed", the statement said. Senior police sources said that if the allegations were found to be true, the hospital might be charged for extortion.
The hospital, with more than 300 beds, is one of 14 in the Max Healthcare locations across India. It's not clear if he will ultimately survive, but the family did not want to return to the Max Super Specialty Hospital.
The two doctors were named as Dr. AP Mehta and Dr. Vishal Gupta. Rather, the terminations are a "reflection of our commitment to higher standards of care".
This even as the inquiry by an expert group that includes experts from Indian Medical Association is still in process.
KK Aggarwal, the head of the IMA, said the episode was a tragic mistake.
"There is definitely a mistake", he told Asian News International. "The difference between a mistake and negligence is deliberate action".