Haryana doctors to retire at 65


Oct 20, 2016

CHANDIGARH: Haryana decided to raise the retirement age of government doctors from 58 to 65 on Wednesday. The decision came amid threats by medical officers of resuming their agitation over the issue.
Following a meeting chaired by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday, Haryana health minister Anil Vij announced the decision and said the move would help tackle the shortage of doctors in the state. Haryana Civil Medical Services Association (HCMSA), which is the body of the state’s government doctors, had threatened to go on mass leave from October 26 over demands raised by it, including the retirement age.

On September 16, Vij had assured the doctors that their demands would be met in a month. The association’s leaders met on October 16 and decided to resume the agitation if the government would not resolve the issues by October 25. The health minister said it had been decided that doctors who were working on administrative posts would retire at the age of 58, but would be able to continue to serve up to 65 years if they opt to practice in a health institution of their choice.

Vij said it was also decided to invite applications from retired doctors who would like to rejoin service as medical practitioners. HCMSA president Dr Jasbir Singh Panwar has termed the move as a good step, but stressed that they would withdraw the agitation only after government accepted all their major demands, including allowances on a par with central government doctors.

Earlier, in September, the state health department had transferred 482 doctors, including 42 senior medical officers (SMOs) and specialists at civil hospitals, in one go. The shake-up – a first of such a magnitude in 12 years – had come three days after government doctors observed a two-hour pen-down strike on September 6 in connection with their demands.

Soon after, the government had stayed the online transfer orders of doctors. At that time, the association had given a notice to go on mass casual leave on September 19 and 20 and submit mass resignation on September 21 for not resolving the pending demands of the doctors.?

 Doctors working on administrative posts will retire at age of 58

They will be able to continue to serve up to 65 years only if they opt to practice in a health institution of their choice

Retired doctors may be re-employed
Courtesy:The Times of India
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