Thursday, September 28, 2017

IMA welcomes the decision of Govt. to increase retirement age of doctors to 65 years

Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, yesterday approved the enhancement of superannuation age of doctors other than doctors of the Central Health Services (CHS) falling under various Departments/Ministries/autonomous organisations, to 65 years. 

“According to the Cabinet decision, the superannuation age of doctors under the administrative control of the respective Ministries/Departments [M/o AYUSH (AYUSH Doctors), Dept. of Defence (civilian doctors under Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Service), Dept. of Defence Production (Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service Medical Officers), Dental Doctors under D/o Health & Family Welfare, Dental doctors under Ministry of Railways and of doctors working in Higher Education and Technical Institutions under Department of Higher Education) has been enhanced to 65 years.

The Union Cabinet has approved ex-post facto, the enhancement of superannuation age of doctors working in Central Universities and IITs (Autonomous Bodies) under Dept. of Higher Education to 65 years; and approved enhancement of superannuation age of doctors in Major Port Trusts (Autonomous Bodies) under Ministry of Shipping to 65 years.

The Union Cabinet has approved that doctors shall hold the administrative posts till the date of attaining the age of 62 years and thereafter their services shall be placed in non-administrative positions.”

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has been pursuing this issue with the Health ministry since long on behalf of all these organizations.

IMA welcomes this decision of the government taken in the interest of the society and congratulates both the Prime Minister and Health Minister for this momentous decision.

We also hope for a similar decision on uniform service conditions and pay scales for all residents, service doctors and faculty. “Same work - Same pay - Pay parity - No to adhocism” has been one of our major demands, which we hope the government would accede to.

(Source: Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Sept.27, 2017)

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