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Friday, September 24, 2010

Docs may serve till 65 in rural TN

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Good News for all those working in PHC.
Especially Good News for those who joined service late
7 years more service will make you eligible for full pension and increased retirement benefits

Here is the full News
The Union health ministry’s proposal to overcome the shortage of doctors in rural areas by increasing the retirement age of government physicians in villages from 58 to 65 is a major policy decision and will be taken up for consideration in the state, say senior Tamil Nadu officials. “We will take the decision on this soon after consulting the CM,” says state health secretary V.K. Subburaj.
But another radical proposal in the health ministry’s recently released ‘India Health Report 2010’ — to employ doctors from private hospitals in villages on case-by-case basis — is unlikely to be implemented in the state. “With doctors in nearly 95 per cent of rural areas in Tamil Nadu, there may not be a need to hire private doctors,” Mr Subburaj points out.
A senior official in the ministry of health and family welfare told DC that the Union government is worried about the shortage of skilled manpower in rural hospitals across India.
The Union government had constituted a task group under the chairmanship of the director general of health services, which recommended that the age of retirement of doctors be increased to 65 years, preferably with posting near the physicians’ hometowns.

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