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IMA holds doctors responsible in Max hospital case

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New Delhi: Commenting on the issue of medical negligence involving Delhi’s Max Hospital, India Medical Association (IMA) President on Thursday blamed the concerned doctors of committing gross mistake.

“There is a gross mistake at the level of the medical doctor who was attending the patient,” IMA president KK Aggarwal told ANI here.

Doctor Aggarwal’s statement comes after the newborn twin passed away during treatment at a hospital in Pitampura, on Wednesday.


Explaining the process of a person’s revival after death, Dr. Aggarwal said there are two types of death in medical terms- temporary and permanent. “There are two deaths – temporary and permanent. Permanent death means the heart has stopped, clinically the patient has died but the brain is still working. In case of hyperthermia the brain is alive and the heart can be revived even after four hours,” he added.

Dr. Aggarwal further said in this particular case the mistake occurred when the child was declared dead, while her brain was alive, even though the heart had stopped.

Dr. Aggarwal also said that IMA is proposing that there should be an independent financial audit, quality audit and social audit programme for private hospitals.