To deal with the shortage of doctors in hospitals and dispensaries, the Delhi government has adopted the Centre’s order of increasing the age of retirement of non-teaching doctors to 65.
“Good news for Delhi Govt Doctors. Enhancement of retirement to 65yrs done (sic),” Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain tweeted on Friday morning.
The order came amid a dengue and chikungunya crisis in the capital. The two mosquito-borne diseases have already infected more than 4,000 people in total.
The order is applicable to all Central government doctors from May 31 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the proposal to increase the age of retirement.
The move enabled the government to retain experienced doctors for a longer period and to provide better services in its public health facilities, particularly to the poor, who are entirely dependent on state-run facilities.
However, doctors above the age of 62 will not be allowed to hold administrative posts such as posts of the dean of a medical college, superintendent of a hospital or head of a department.
“After the age of 62, doctors will go back to their department as clinicians,” sources said.
Currently, there are three cadres of doctors in Delhi government hospitals — teaching, non-teaching specialists and general duty medical officers.
The age of retirement for doctors of teaching cadre is already 65, for non-teaching specialists it is 62 and for general duty medical officers it is 60. After the order comes into force, all doctors will retire at the age of 65.
The move might impact the recruitment of young doctors. “The aim of this move is to increase the number of doctors in government hospital. More posts would be created to accommodate new doctors. However, such procedures take time and hence, in the meanwhile, there might be some problem with recruitment,” an official said.