Stir over raising retirement age of teaching doctors in Tela
Out patient services at Osmania General Hospital (OGH) and Gandhi Hospital were severely hit on Thursday as junior doctors boycotted elective services to protest the government’s decision to increase the retirement age of teaching doctors to 65 years.

The decision has been taken keeping in view of the state’s plan to set up more government medical colleges and launch mobile hospitals in the tribal areas. Addressing a press conference later in the day, the minister said chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had approved the proposal to enchane the doctors’ retirement age.

With no replacement for professors who have retired, senior officials said medical education has taken a beating. This year alone, 57 senior faculty members will be retiring, sources said. “Currently, there are 1,703 vacancies in teaching faculty, including professors, associate professors, assistant professors, tutors and civil surgeons, while only 1,561 posts have been filled. Some 102 PG seats, especially in superspecialty departments, will be derecognised by MCI owing to non-availability of professors,” an internal document of the health department said.

Meanwhile, the announcement to enhance the retirement age, however, did not cut much ice with junior doctors, who are on a warpath over the assault on doctors in Kolkata, threatening to go on an indefinite strike.

TJUDA also wrote a letter to Governor ESL Narasimhan, demanding immediate recruitment of assistant professors, abolition of contract recruitment of doctors and setting up a committee on age hike. “The government of Telangana took a unilateral and hasty decision for increasing retirement age of teaching faculty in government teaching hospitals to 65 years and is preparing for issuance of ordinance,” the letter read. Listing various reasons for not increasing the retirement age, the letter asked for a committee to be formed to decide on the matter as “the proposed age hike will be a huge loss to young doctors”.

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