Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court today
ruled doctors cannot run private hospitals or nursing homes at
their residential premises.
They can, however, set up consultation clinics in
residential areas, a Division Bench comprising Justice Sunil
Ambawani and Justice Kashi Nath Pandey said.
Dismissing a bunch of writ petitions filed by doctors
from Etawah district, it said the Constituion which provides
every citizen of the country the right to livelihood also
empowers governments to impose "reasonable restrictions".
The Court observed running private hospitals or
nursing homes in residential premises amounted to violation of
the provisions under which land was allotted to doctors.
However, doctors could set up clinics for providing
medical consultation at their residential premises, the Bench
The Etawah doctors had challenged the order of the
Awas Vikas Parishad and the District Chief Medical Officer
asking them to wind up nursing homes functioning from their