BHOPAL: Advocating appointment of new doctors in the state, Madhya Pradesh Medical Officers’ Association has protested against the government decision to increase of retirement age of government doctors from 65 years to 67 years as working atmosphere is not conducive.

According to the association, the doctors can not tolerate insult and haphazard working atmosphere at the age of 67 years. Even they are not given benefit of voluntary retirement scheme (VRS).  Association said that doctors are working like bonded labourers. Many doctors are not well but their duties are scheduled in night. If retirement age is increased, doctors will not focus toward families liabilities.

Association president Dr Ajay Khare said, “Doctors too suffer various diseases at this stage. Secondly, government does not provide any facilities and they have all work including preparation of patients reports and slips and even they have to push trolley in the absence of para medical staff. Therefore, sense of insecurity, insult, lack of proper promotion. Till date, list of 2007 and 2008 has not been issued for three-tier pay scale. Similarly, list of 4-tire pay scale from 2008 to 2014 has not been released.

Dr Khare said, “State government increased the retirement age from 60 to 62 and the 65 and now seriously considering to increase it up to 67 years. If government does, doctors have to suffer loss of gratuity, un-relive payment and timely pension.”

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