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India cancels Max hospital licence after newborn wrongly declared dead

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NEW DELHI — The Delhi government has canceled the licence of Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, with immediate effect after doctors wrongly declared a newborn baby dead, Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain said on Friday.

The hospital, on November 30, had wrongly declared a newborn dead. The Delhi government, following a massive outrage over the hospital’s negligence, constituted an inquiry into the matter.

At a press conference in the Indian capital, the Delhi government authorities declared that the license of Max Hospital has been canceled with immediate effect.

“We have cancelled the license of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh. The negligence in the newborn death case was unacceptable. The hospital cannot admit new patient,” said Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain at press conference.

He further added that the currently admitted patients have to be treated, however, the hospital cannot force the patients to continue seeking treatment.

“All the patients currently admitted at the hospital will receive complete treatment, however, no new admissions will be allowed,” said Jain.

The hospital will have now to close all its operations — including the out-patient services and emergency services where new patients come in — with immediate effect.

“The negligence in the newborn death case was unacceptable. Also, the hospital has been a habitual offender,” Jain said at a press conference.

Max hospital, has previously received notices from the government for not earmarking beds for the patients belonging to the economically weaker as per conditions set by the government for providing hospitals subsidised lands.

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Girl raped in Mahottari

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GAUSHALA — A 13-year-old girl of Aurahi Municipality in Mahottari district has been raped on Sunday evening.

Police Inspector at Gaushala-based Area Police Office, Bhola Bhatta, said that two local youths — Rakesh Sada and Ritik Sada, both 15 years of age — allegedly raped the girl when she had gone to wash utensils at a nearby rivulet.

Police have arrested Ritik while Rakesh has been absconding after the incident.

Meanwhile, necessary investigation into the case is underway, said police.

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