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Slugfest begins as Max Hospital resume services

After fighting a battle for more than 10 days, services at Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh resumed on Wednesday. The hospital had presented its case to the Finance commissioner on Tuesday. “The operation of the impugned order is stayed till the next hearing,” says the order by Finance Commissioner. The next hearing is on January 9.As the decision to open the hospital came out in public, a political slugfest kicked off between BJP and AAP over the decision. Neither the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal not the Delhi government owned up to the decision fearing public outrage, instead who is ‘ruling’ the Finance Commissioner became the trending topic.”Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh has resumed its operations from today, following a stay order issued by the appropriate Appellate authority to whom an appeal was made.We are fully focussed on providing quality care to all our patients and honouring our commitment of ensuring free treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society,” the hospital said in its statement on Wednesday morning. However, the ‘Appellate authority’ has not been specified by the officials.The L-G house stated on Wednesday that no officials from the hospital met Baijal regarding the cancellation order. “The powers of appellate authority, being a quasi judicial function are performed by the Financial Commissioner, Delhi as per his/her judgment without any interference or supervision by any authority,” a statement from L-G house stated.The Delhi government on December 8 had cancelled the license of the hospital’s branch in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a baby dead. A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.”On what basis & by whose decision was the appellate authority formed to hear the Max Shalimar Bagh licence cancellation appeal ? How did the appellate authority reach to the conclusion in the first hearing itself that a stay can be given on the DGHS decision ??,” Delhi government spokesperson Nagender Sharma tweeted.The Finance Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent on this post exercises the powers of the Lieutenant Governor/ Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statues. The commissioner has been delegated powers to act in a quasi-judicial capacity. The commissioner hears revision petitions/appeals against orders passed by competent authority under various acts including Delhi Nursing Home Registration Act, 1953.”The Commissioner falls under the jurisdiction of the L-G and not Delhi government. We were not even informed about the order,” said a senior Delhi government official.The blame game between AAP and BJP began with both the parties turning it into a political issue. “It was just to attract public attention. The government has taken back its decision. There is definitely some behind this decision,” said Manoj Tiwari president, Delhi unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).”What was the tearing hurry for the appellate authority to stay the cancellation of Max Shalimar Bagh licence ? Why did the heart beat only for profit making hospital & not the new borns ?? Decision on whose directions ??,” Delhi AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj tweeted.

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Max Hospital resumes operations today after ‘stay’ on licence cancellation order

Max Healthcare claimed its hospital in Shalimar Bagh in the city has resumed operations from Wednesday after an “appropriate” authority “stayed” its licence cancellation, though the appellate body did not confirm it.A week ago, the hospital group had filed an appeal in the the Court of the Financial Commissioner against the cancellation of the licence of its hospital in north-west Delhi by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) of the city government.Max Healthcare in a statement issued on Wednesday claimed, “Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh has resumed its operations from today, following a stay order issued by the appropriate appellate authority to whom an appeal was made.”However, an official from the Court of the Financial Commissioner, when contacted, did not share the copy of the stay order, saying, it can only be issued to the parties concerned.Max Healthcare authorities, when contacted also declined to share a copy of the stay order.”We are fully focused on providing quality care to all our patients and honouring our commitment of ensuring free treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society,” the private hospital group further said in its statement.The Financial Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent exercises the powers of the Lt Governor or Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statutes, according to details on the website of the Financial Commissioner.The DGHS of the Delhi government’s health department had cancelled licence of the hospital for multiple instances of alleged medical negligence, including a case in which one of the twins was found alive after being declared dead by the facility.The licence cancellation case pertains to the premature twins, one of whom was wrongly declared dead on November 30 at the hospital where he was born, and who died during treatment at a nursing home in Pitampura a week later.Both the babies were declared stillborn by the hospital and handed over to the family allegedly in a polythene bag. But to their utter horror, they found that the boy was still alive, while they were on way to do their final rites.

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Four years on, hospital still waits for its operation theatre equipment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shama Begum, 17, has had severe stomach pains after she fell and hurt herself. Her family brought her to Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital in Ashok Vihar where the doctors have been treating her, but she now requires an ultrasound and may require surgery later. For this, she needs to be taken to Ram Manohar Lohia. Why? Because the Operation Theatres (OTs) are non-functional here.A 200-bedded hospital in the North-West Delhi, Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital, has around 2,200 patients coming to its Out Patient Department (OPD), every day. The hospital with limited staff and facilities has been managing the inflow of patients since it was inaugurated four years back in 2013. Though it shows that ‘surgery’ is available on their website; the five Operation Theatres have been non-functional all this time.”The OTs have been long pending here. We recently had a meeting with some senior officers within the hospital and the DGHS Director after which it was confirmed that the OT equipment will arrive by the end of this month,” said Doctor Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Medical Superintendent. “We have already received four OT tables and now awaiting OT lights and anaesthesia workstations. We will also get an ultrasound machine,” he added.The fire clearance, for the main building of the hospital, came late in 2014 after which started a long series of communication between the hospital staff and the government. The hospital has been running its ICU since the arrival of ventilators in December 2016 with the available staff, but the OT structures stand vacant waiting for the surgeries to start.”Soon after we receive equipment, we can immediately start with Maternity i.e. Obs and gynaecology surgeries, emergency trauma and even Medicine surgeries. We would have to look for an ENT and orthopaedics surgeon though,” added Gupta.As a result, the hospital have to send patients away to Hindu Rao, Lok Nayak and even RML for surgeries. Being far-off patients like Begum have to quietly suffer in pain.EVERYDAY FOOTFALLA 200-bedded hospital in the North-West Delhi, Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital, has around 2,200 patients coming to its Out Patient Department (OPD), every day

AAP promises Delhi will never go the ‘Udta Punjab’ way

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After promising to make Punjab drug-free, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government is all set to ensure that the capital does not get the ‘Udta Delhi’ tag, a reference often made for Punjab’s drug crisis.The government has come up with a first-of-its-kind blueprint to combat the growing drug menace among juveniles in Delhi. In a recent meeting chaired by Chief Secretary MM Kutty, the government has prepared a road map, sources told DNA.”This is for the first time that an intersectoral coordination committee has been formed for a comprehensive response to drug abuse, prevention and de-addiction centres. The role of the committee will be to ensure that all decisions taken in such meetings are implemented,” a senior government official said.Approximately 70,000 street children in the capital indulge in substance abuse, according to a study by AIIMS and the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry.The capital, which has 62.3 lakh children up to 19 years, has been witnessing a rise in drug abuse in the last few years, agencies suggest.According to a presentation on February 22, which was accessed by DNA, 30 beds in six government hospitals have been exclusively earmarked for juvenile drug addicts. They are the GB Pant, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Madan Mohan Malviya, Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospitals and the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IBHAS).”Consent from five other government hospitals has also been obtained” an official said. According to sources, there is no concrete programme for prevention/ treatment or rehabilitation for substance abuse in Delhi. The capital has insufficient number of de-addiction centres.”There is a scarcity of psychiatrists and trained manpower in hospitals. The posts of clinical psychologists have been lying vacant at GB Pant hospital and IHBAS. We plan to train more than 400 specialists at IBHAS. About 200 medical officers would be trained this year and 200 in 2018,” said another government official.The members suggested a model de-addiction-cum-rehabilitation centre. A proposal has been moved by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to constitute a regulatory body under the department of social welfare like in Haryana.”A separate scheme for setting up standalone de-addiction centres may be created by DGHS initially for one centre during 2017-2018,” the official added.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on February 26 launched a campaign against drugs in Punjab and deployed its activists across the state to collect data on drug victims and de-addiction centres.A survey by the School Health Scheme of the Directorate General of Health Services in government schools has “alarmed” the Directorate of Education in Delhi. Conducted in 39 schools over April-August this year, the survey found 16 students who abuse substances. In some schools, the number of abusers is over a quarter of the children surveyed; in a few, over half.Cause for concernA study on street children (2016) by AIIMS and Ministry of Women and Child Development:Tobacco using street children: 20,000Alcohol consumption: 9,450Inhalants: 7,910Cannabis: 5,600Pharmaceutical opioids and sedatives: 210 eachAge of initiation of drug: 9 yearsHeroin or opium: 12-13 yearsSchool Health Pilot Survey 2016No of schools: 17No of districts: 5Total number of students surveyed: 7,552No of students who have never been involved in any kind of drug consumption: 5,863-No of students who have ever done any kind of drug abuse: 296

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