IMA welcomes raise in retirement age of Doctors to 65
Observe 9th of every month as “IMA Community Health Day”
Indian Medical Association (IMA) thanks the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi 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, Shri J P Nadda on universally raising the retirement age of Teaching, Non-teaching, Specialists & General Medical Officers also, which eventually will help in the availability of experienced medical professionals in the public sector healthcare delivery system.
The increase in retirement age will help to increase the experienced teaching faculty in medical colleges. This will improve the standards of medical education and further strengthen efforts to provide universal health care to the masses.
IMA welcomes as a step forwards in addressing 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 Prime Minister, IMA suggests as follows:
· Besides raising of the retirement age, new appointments in the healthcare delivery system are also required.
· 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.
· Non Practicing Allowance has unfortunately 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.
The Prime Minister has also requested the medical fraternity to provide for consultation services on every 9th of every month to pregnant women from weaker section of the society.
IMA requests all its members to observe 9th of every month as “IMA Community Health Day” and provide free consultation to all with special emphasis on pregnant women especially from economically weaker sections of the society.
IMA also requests all its members to give free consultation on to all patients irrespective of their economic status.