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INDIA – Max Healthcare in New Delhi, India has sacked two doctors involved in the case of a premature baby being wrongly declared dead.

The Times of India reported that the decision was taken after a meeting of the hospital’s authorities.

“While the inquiry by the expert group which includes external experts from the Indian Medical Association IMA is still in process, we have decided to terminate the services of two treating doctors, doctors AP Mehta and Vishal Gupta in the case relating to the twin extreme pre-term babies,” Max Healthcare said.

“The strict action has been taken on the basis of our initial discussions with the expert group and as a reflection of our commitment to higher standards of care,” the hospital said.

The case pertains to the birth of twins (boy and girl) on November 30. Both the babies were allegedly declared dead by the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh. However, the family later found the boy was alive.

Policemen guard the Max Hospital in Delhi
Policemen guard the Max Hospital in Delhi

“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 statement read.

Two experts from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) were included in the probe team set up by the Max Healthcare authorities to investigate the case.

The Max Healthcare authorities ordered an inquiry into the case on December 1.

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