Oct 20, 2016
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.?
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