In a move aimed to strengthen the healthcare sector in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has okayed the retirement age of 65 years for doctors of central services.
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The move is expected to benefit over 3,000 doctors serving in both central as well as state government hospitals. The decision has come into effect from May 31, 2016.
PM Modi said it will help doctors serve the nation till the time more new doctors join the profession.
In an official statement, Health Minister JP Nadda said the move will help in retaining experienced doctors for a longer period of time, and to provide better services in its public health facilities, particularly to the poorest.
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There are about 4,000 doctors under the Central Health Service, according to the Health Ministry website. “It will help in providing additional doctors in the health pool of the country. This will strengthen the efforts of the Ministry in conceptualising and rolling out various people-oriented schemes which need the services of doctors in implementing them,” Nadda said.
PM Modi had earlier felt the need for more doctors across the country. However, the gap, he believed was not possible to fill in just two years of his government.
The prime minister has also requested the doctors to offer free health services to pregnant women on the ninth of every month.
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“This free health service for 12 days in a year will ensure that no mother bears the pain of poverty,” the prime minister had said.
Following the new announcement, the Haryana government also decided to raise the retirement age of state government doctors to 65.
State Health Minister Anil Vij said :”The decision would benefit 312 doctors, including 57 medical officials, 159 senior medical officials and other senior health officials such as health department directors and Director General Health Services.”