Max hospital case: Police waiting for DMC’s reply, probe likely to be delayed
A senior police officer, privy to the probe, said since the case was of medical negligence, they had to rely on experts’ opinion.Updated: Dec 24, 2017 17:48 IST
Delhi Police’s probe into the case of the twin babies, one of whom was wrongly declared dead by the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, might be delayed since it is waiting for the Delhi Medical Council’s (DMC) reply on the matter.
The DMC has already issued a notice to nine doctors and two nurses of the hospital on December 20 for alleged medical negligence in connection with the case and has sought a response from them in 15 days.
At present, the case is being probed by Delhi Police’s crime branch.
A senior police officer, privy to the probe, said since the case was of medical negligence, they had to rely on experts’ opinion.
“Our officers have interacted with the doctors and nurses of the hospital. We have also spoken to the child’s family but there are some technical points that we need clarity on before we proceed ahead in the probe,” he said.
The officer said the baby was 22-weeks-old and premature. According to medical guidelines, babies born before 22 weeks or around that time usually do not survive and were not considered as deliveries.
There are medical guidelines, but the fact that the baby was declared dead despite being alive, was being probed, he said.
The officer said that they were awaiting the council’s report in the matter and further investigation will be based on the report.
The case pertains to a baby boy being wrongly declared dead after his birth on November 30 by the upscale private hospital. The other twin, a girl, was still-born. The infant boy died a week later at a nursing home in Pitampura.
The case sparked a public outcry and the family has been protesting in front of the hospital, soon after an appellate authority stayed the order by the Delhi government to cancel the licence of the facility.