Licence Cancellation of Max Hospital | A lesson for other hospitals

The Licence Cancellation of Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh by Delhi’s Health Minister, Satyendra Jain, on Friday, 8th of December, for erroneously declaring a new-born dead, created an uproar in the city and welcomed mixed perceptions of people on the same. Max Healthcare hospital termed this decision as ‘harsh’ and according to them, “we have not been given an adequate opportunity to be heard.”

According to latest media reports, The Indian Medical Association (IMA), also reacted negatively, opposing this decision of Delhi’s Govt, calling it “too harsh a step” and “those who are at fault” must be taken under inquiry. The whole probe commenced when on 30th November, a new born baby boy was declared dead by the doctors and was handed to the parents in a plastic bag along with its stillborn sister. When the baby was being taken for the last rites of burial, to everyone’s utter shock, he started moving and was immediately admitted to a clinic in PitamPura. The baby battled for life for a week and was declared dead on Wednesday due to multi-organ dysfunction.

The three member doctor panel submitted a preliminary report to the Health Minister, Satyendra Jain, on December 5, founding the hospital guilty of not following the prescribed medical norms. Moreover, the doctors had written the death certificate without performing any ECG trainings. A complete case of negligence and lack of empathy, on the part of hospital and the doctors has been registered and the services of the two doctors have been terminated.

The issue is open to debate and different authorities are putting forward their opinions, including the IMA President, KK Aggarwal, who quoted the decision as not, “in interest of society.” It is important here to note that the decision may seem immediate and last month, a notice was already issued to the Max Heathcare Shalimar Bagh for problems faced in the treatment of EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) of society.

Without a shadow of doubt, individual errors are acceptable but not at the cost of somebody’s life and trust. The saddening part is the lack of empathy on the part of doctors, handing the baby in a plastic bag to the already grieved parents. The question is, how long will a common man suffer? We all already that how healthcare institutions have become a big budget business in India, so in that case, this bold decision by Delhi’s government must be appreciated for taking a move. Another matter of health negligence on the part of hospital authorities has come to the forefront. Haryana’s health minister, Anil Vij, has written to the state urban authority, seeking the land lease cancellation of Fortis hospital Gurgaon.

It is a matter of great shock and utter disappointment that the very institutions which were built for the welfare and well-being of people in the society, are now victimising them and feeding upon their health, money and trust. Amidst all this, showing these health institutions their own image in the mirror is a move to be greatly appreciation. Discussing about Gurgaon’s case, a 7 year old girl was admitted in the hospital on August 31, due to high fever and dengue shock syndrome. According to the patient’s father, a number of drugs were pumped into her one after the other although the parents were asking for CT scans and MRIs. A 15 day dengue treatment of 7 year old Adya, costed her parents 16 lakh, which amounts to about more than a lakh per day, by the Fortis hospital, Gurgaon.

The decision of cancelling the land lease was made by the govt after the probe portrayed that the land was given to the hospital at concessional rates, putting a condition, that 20% of beds will be provided to the poorer sections of the society but it seems that this is apparently done by these institutions. Be it education sector or the health sector, the common people always fall prey in the hands of business handed ones. Whether we talk about schools these days, or the hospitals, victimisation is the process and money is the prospect.

The govts. move of licence cancellation may seem ‘harsh’ and ‘brutal’ but it was necessary to save the common man’s right. It was necessary to save the common man from getting exploited because of basic amenities.

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