NOIDA: The Supreme Court order permitting clinics to house one bed and a life support system for emergency cases has come as a great relief to doctors across Noida. Nursing home owners and doctors had approached the court in February this year seeking permission to carry out their activities from the 25% area of the ground floor of their respective premises.
The petitioners had submitted to the Court that the Noida Master Plan 2031 permitted clinics to function from a part of residential plots. They requested the court to be granted permission to offer some support facilities as well as provisions for overnight stay for around 2-3 patients from the 25% area. Taking note of these petitions, the apex court on Friday permitted the doctors, who run clinics from the 25% permissible area, to keep one bed and life support system in the clinics to admit patients in case of emergencies. The court has further directed the Authority to come with a scheme to allot alternate plots for the nursing homes in Noida.
“We welcome the court’s order and it has come as a big relief for all the doctors in the city. Most of us had been running nursing homes from residential plots, but after the court’s previous order we had limited operations to 25% of the plot area. However, the Authority refused to accept even that and lost no opportunity to harass us,” said Dr N K Sharma, executive body member, IMA, UP state. “Besides being able to host emergency services, the court’s order will now also save us all harassment and unwarranted threats of sealing,” added Dr Sharma, a petitioner in the matter.
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“For most people, having a small clinic nearby is quite convenient for minor ailments. There is certain level of trust we have with our patients, who are also our neighbours, simply because we have been treating them for so long. In certain cases, we need to temporarily admit the patients as well. The court has taken into consideration all these issues and has offered us a great relief,” said Dr Ajay Rathore, who runs a clinic in Sector 41.
The SC had previously said that the ‘misuse’ of residential plots be stopped and commercial activities, such as banking and nursing homes, from development areas earmarked for residential use must be shut down immediately.
The doctors, many of whom had been displaced and were left to fend for themselves and arrange for alternate plots or face sealing, have also welcomed the court’s directions to the Noida Authority to allot them alternate plots. There are over 50 nursing that were displaced by the court order.