Govt mulling to hike retirement age of doctors: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to tackle shortage of doctors in state, the government is contemplating to increase the age of the retirement of the doctors serving in different government hospitals and medical colleges.

Talking to media, Health minister Damodar Rout on Thursday said, “Government is contemplating to raise the age of retirement of doctors in periphery from 60 to 62 and 65 for doctors working in medical colleges”.

The State Assembly on Thursday passed demands for grants of Rs. 2,206 crore 80 lakh 33 thousand for department of Health and Family Welfare.

“While 443 ad-hoc doctors would be appointed soon in order to address the shortage of doctors, 405 posts will be created for dental doctors”, said the Health minister.

However, the state has proposal to establish 13 private medical colleges across the state. The central government has been apprised regarding the matter.

“Centre has been proposed for setting up medical colleges in Bolangir, Koraput, Balasore and Baripada”, said Rout.

Similarly, special arrangements have been made for infrastructural development of health department, he added.