The Odisha Medical Service Association (OMSA) opposed the State government’s decision to increase retirement age of government doctors in the State to 62 years.

The OMSA happens to be the organisation of doctors serving the State government in Odisha.

Earlier the retirement age of doctors in the State was 60 years.

Now, the government has decided to enhance the retirement age by two years.

As per the government this decision was taken to alleviate problem of scarcity of doctors in the State.

But the members of OMSA do not agree to this logic of the State government.

According to them this decision to enhance retirement age would only be detrimental to grass root level health care.

It would also prompt several good doctors to leave government jobs, they said.

According to president of the OMSA, Nirakar Bhatta due to enhancement of retirement age scope of promotion for doctors would be curtailed.

According to him this would dissuade young doctors from joining government service.

Dr. Bhatt suggested that without increasing the retirement age government could fill up vacancies of doctors in peripheral medical centres through contractual posting of retired doctors.

“These doctors posted after retirement should get same pay which they were getting earlier but their job should be of contractual basis”, he said.

Dr. Bhatta felt better promotion avenue can attract young doctors to opt for government job which would solve the problem of scarcity of doctors in the State. He demanded time scale promotion for doctors.

The OMSA also demanded the post of Chief District Medical Officers (CDMO) to be upgraded to additional director cadre, which would enhance prestige of the post and the doctors serving it.

Due to enhancement of retirement age scope of promotion for doctors would be curtailed, says OMSA chief