The Uttar Pradesh Government has extended the retirement age of doctors working under provincial medical service from 60 to 62 years.
The decision was taken by the state’s cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a meeting held at Lucknow on 30 May 2017.
The move has been made in the view of non-availability of medical practitioners across the state.
Elaborating on the development, UP government spokesman and health minister Siddharth Nath Singh stated that around 7,327 posts of doctors were lying vacant in the state against the sanctioned strength of 18,382.
Almost 300-400 doctors retire every year in the state and there are not enough qualified doctors to fill up the vacant seats.
The state requires more doctors to open new units at different hospitals, to set up a new hospital, to open a new 100-bed hospital and to run trauma centres and women care centres.
Hence, the current decision of raising the retirement age is expected to reduce the shortage of doctors by about 1000.
The contract system, however, for those opting to continue after retirement until the age of 65 would continue.