The High Court on Tuesday directed the government to immediately shut down 14 unlicensed hospitals in Mohammadpur area of the capital.
A bench comprising Justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and Justice Ahmed Sohel passed the order following a writ petition.The Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) filed the petition, seeking a court order for the closure of hospitals having no licences.
The HCPB filed the petition on Sunday after daily Bonik Barta reported on April 20 that the hospitals are running without valid permission from the government.
The court also issued a rule, asking the government to show cause as to why it shall not be directed to shut down the hospitals.
It asked the authorities concerned why it will not be directed to take legal action against owners of the hospitals for their operation without valid licences.
The unlicensed hospitals are BDM Hospital and Diagnostic Center, Shebika General Hospital, Jonosheba Nursing Home And Diagnostic Center, Life Care Nursing Home, Royal Multispecialty Hospital, Nawab Siraj ud-Daulah Manoshik and Madokashakto Hospital, Manmita Mental Hospital, Plazma Medical Service and Clinic, Shefa Hospital and Diagnostic Centre, Islamia Mental Hospital, Crescent Hospital and Diagnostic Complex, Mokka Median General Hospital and Diagnostic Centre, New Wellcare hospital and Bangladesh Trauma Specialized Hospital.
Senior lawyer and HRPB president Manzill Murshed appeared for the petitioner while deputy attorney-general Mokhlesur Rahman for the state.Talking to the Daily Sun, Manzill Murshed said, “Licensed hospitals and clinics are supposed to be equipped with doctors, nurses, machine and other logistics.
But, unauthorized hospitals and clinics usually run illegal business without fulfilling requirements. Such hospitals are detrimental to patients.”