All private clinical establishments remained closed on Saturday in protest against the municipal corporation's move to seal a private hospital.
The corporation authorities had sealed the Aggarwal Nursing Home on the grounds that it was running in residential area.
All private nursing homes, clinics, ultrasound centers and laboratories, being run by members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), in the city took part in the protest.
The IMA has termed this action by the civic body as "inhuman as the hospital was sealed without any prior notice and intimation".
The IMA has also formed a clinical establishment cell to challenge the sealing of the hospital on legal grounds.
"The chief minister should immediately intervene in the matter. The situation might aggravate in the coming days if no solution is found," said secretary IMA, Dr DS Bhullar.
"Nursing homes and hospitals, unlike other commercial establishments, are essentially socio-commercial institutions. These need to be established in the residential areas only to provide immediate and timely medical aid to patients, especially in emergency cases. We urge the state government to issue necessary guidelines in this regard," said Bhullar.
The Punjab Medical and Dental Teachers Association's Patiala unit held an emergency meeting to discuss the issue. JPS Walia, president, IMA, presided over the meeting.
The association strongly condemned the district authorities for sealing the nursing home forcibly without giving them any chance to explain their point of view.