New Delhi, Dec 7: An investigation report by Competition Commission of India (CCI) said that the Max Super Speciality Hospital, Patparganj, which has been accused of declaring an alive newborn dead, sells syringes double the open market price and earns 525 per cent profit from them. It added that Max Hospital makes about 275 to 525 per cent profit on the sale of disposable syringes by forcing patients to buy products from its own pharmacy.
Investigating a complaint filed by a patient’s attendant, Vijay Sharma, the CCI report stated that the practice was prevalent in all 14 of the Max group and in corporate hospitals. Vijay Sharma had complained that he had bought a disposable syringe at an MRP of Rs 19.50 which is available for Rs 11.50 in the open market.
CCI also found the hospital and BD Ltd prima facie guilty of selling syringes from the hospital’s pharmacy at double the MRP. BD Ltd, however, said that this was “standard industry practice followed by all manufacturing companies in India”. The hospital also stated that “the sale of syringes at MRP is consistent with the market practice followed by other hospitals generally.”
The development has come a few days after a set of twins were declared dead by the Max Hospital doctors. The family, on it’s way to the crematorium, found one of the babies alive and took it to the hospital. The baby was rushed to a nearby hospital in Pitampura and a complaint was filed against Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh. The infant died on Wednesday, December 6.
No Electrocardiogram (ECG) tracings were done to check if the child was alive, according to a report. The body was handed over to the parent without written instructions, in a plastic bag.
Following the reports of medical negligence by the Max Hospital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain issued a statement and promised to take a strict action against those found guilty in the case. Services of the doctors – Dr AP Mehta and Dr Vishal Gupta – were terminated. “The panel in its report found the hospital guilty of not having followed prescribed medical norms in dealing with newborn infants,” the source said.