IMA welcomes raise in retirement age of Doctors to 65
Indian Medical Association (IMA) thanks the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Sh. Narendra Modiji on his kind consideration of the easy availability of nation’s healthcare delivery system to the common man and accepting the IMA’s long drawn demand of raising the retirement age of Government doctors to 65 across the country.
We also thank the Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Sh J P Naddaji on universal raising the retirement age of Teaching, Non-teaching, specialists & General Medical Officers also which will eventually help in the availability of experienced medical professionals in the public sector healthcare delivery system.
The increase in retirement age will help in increasing the experienced teaching faculty in medical colleges. It will further improve the standards of medical education and also strengthen the efforts to provide universal health care to the masses.
IMA welcomes it as this will help to address the shortage of doctors to some extent in the country especially in the rural sector.
To make the best use of the above announcement by Hon’ble Sh. Modiji, IMA suggests as follows:-
1. Besides raising of the retirement age, new appointments in the healthcare delivery system are also required.
2. There should be a liberal policy to allow voluntary retirement of doctors which would attract many younger generations to join the public sector healthcare delivery system.
3. Unfortunately, the Non Practising Allowance has been reduced in the 7th Pay Commission proposals. The same should be kept in accordance with the provisions of the 6th Pay Commission for Government doctors.
Modi Ji has also requested the medical fraternity to provide for consultation services every 9th of every month to pregnant ladies from weaker section of the society.
Taking the lead further, IMA has requested and written to all his 2.7 lac members to observe 9th of every month as “IMA Community Health Day” and provide free consultation to all patients with special emphasis on pregnant women specially from economically weaker sections of the society.
Also, on 1st July, IMA has asked all his members to give free consultation to all patients irrespective of their economic status.