September 27, 2010

Raise retirement age of government doctors

To overcome the shortage of medical practitioners, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has recommended enhancing the retirement age of government medical professionals to 70 years from the existing 65 years. It has also suggested relaxations in the land requirement for setting up new medical colleges.

Announcing this at a press conference here on Saturday, S.K. Sarin, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the MCI, said enhancing the retirement age of government medical professionals would help in producing more MBBS doctors and prevent private medical colleges from poaching on experienced and talented teachers.

In another important recommendation made to the Union Health and Family Ministry, the MCI has said that the land requirement for setting up a new medical college should be reduced to 10 acres instead of the present 20 acres in urban areas, but within a 5-km radius. In difficult areas like hilly areas, tribal areas and the North East region, the land can be taken up at two places within a 10-km radius for setting up a hospital and medical colleges so that students are able to visit the patients in the hospital.

The government had earlier relaxed the land norms from 25 acres to 20 acres with permission to take land in two pieces in difficult areas and densely populated cities about a year ago due to non-availability of large chunks of land. Similarly, the retirement age of Central government doctors was also increased to 65 years from 60 years. The Government medical colleges had also been allowed to increase the number of under-graduate seats but without compromising on the quality of education.

The MCI too, has recommended reducing the student bed ratio from 1:8 to 1:5, meaning that a 1,500-bedded hospital could have 250 undergraduate students.

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2 comments:

callezee said...

Great idea,as a doctor i damn sure welcome this..

zeetheprince said...

Honourable Union Health Minister
Sri Ghulam Nabi Azad Sir,
I would like to get to your attention the proposal of the MCI to
increase the reirement age of the medical faculty to 70 yrs. already
the faculty is suffering from harrassment of the private medical
colleges for non payment of the salaries and also paying very meagre
salaries except for 1 or 2 branches most of the non demanding branches
are not geting even on par with the salaries of GOVT. school teachers
or software engineers.Sir it is definately a bad idea to increase the
retirement age and deprive the young doctors of their jobs if
professor age is enhanced their will not be any promotions and the
lower level vacancies will not occur and their will not be any
recruitment of the new staff and exploitation of the current staff
will take place.Sir the shortage of faculty is an artificially
created story of these private medical colleges who indulge in all
kinds of manipualtions on the day of the inspections .
Sir these private college managements want to impress on the MCI to
increase the age to 70 yrs and get cheap staff.Sir another suggestion
is to make the MCI inspections on surprise basis all the time so that
the ground reality will be known if it is an informed inspection the
private college managements will manipulate to any extent where a
person who has not seen the college any time will be shown as a
professor
With this the person who is attending daily is being deprived and also
the student is being deprived of the teaching and also the medical
standards are going down day by day in our country.
please look into these concerns and see that the retirement age is not
enhnced and jobs are generated for the younger generation
thanking you sir

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