OMSA opposes raising retirement age for doctors

Berhampur: Odisha Medical Services Association (OMSA), the apex body of doctors working under the state government, has strongly opposed a proposal to enhance the retirement age limit of doctors from 60 years to 62 years.

"The governments proposal will curtail the promotion facilities for doctors by two years," OMSA president Nirakara Bhatta said.

"The purpose of the government will not be solved.

Increase in the retirement age of doctors, rather will create discontent among the young medicos who are waiting for their promotion," he said.

While around 100 doctors do retire from service annually, the promotion avenue of around 400 young doctors in the state will be curtailed if retirement age is enhanced, he alleged.

A delegation of OMSA led by its president submitted a memorandum to the chief minister Naveen Patnaik during his visit to Berhampur recently.

The government has proposed to extend the age of retirement of doctors by two years in a bid to tide over the acute shortage of doctors in the state.

"The doctors posted in the administrative posts will only benefit in the process," he said.