Punjab hikes retirement age for specialist doctors from 60 t
Punjab government has increased the retirement age of its specialist doctors from 60 years to 65 years to overcome staff shortage at its hospitals and health centres.

The Punjab health department is grappling with an acute shortage of specialists, especially in rural areas. Punjab health minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said the decision had been taken to overcome the paucity of specialists in government hospitals. The health minister said the department was also looking to hire specialists like gynaecologists, surgeons, orthopaedics, radiologists and anaesthetists as consultants against 384 vacant posts till regular appointments were made against these posts.

He said each consultant could, initially, be appointed for a one year on contract, and this could be extended from year to year, subject to performance.

The remuneration allowed to such consultants will not be more than the last pay drawn by them, minus pension. He said consultants will only be appointed for performing clinical duties and will in no case be assigned any administrative duties.

He instructed the administrative department to maintain 100% transparency in recruitment, and such consultants will be appointed and given postings on merit.

Sidhu said the maximum age for the appointment of consultants for a year will be 64 years and no consultant will be retained on attaining the age of 65. He said the consultant will not be allowed to carry out private practice during such time that they are on contract with the government.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/punjab-hikes-retirement-age-for-specialist-doctors-from-60-to-65/articleshow/71227339.cms
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Such decisions can be taken best by holding discussions also with PG students & residents associations.
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