Odisha: Retirement Age of Contractual Doctors increased from 68 to 70 years
Bhubaneswar: In a bid to overcome doctors' crisis in the state, Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das has recently announced that the state government has decided to extend the tenure of contractual doctors by 2 more years.
The retirement age of physicians for contractual engagement in various state-run hospitals has been raised from 68 to 70 years, Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Das said.
Addressing a meeting attended by chief district medical officers, the minister said CDMOs and district collectors can recruit contractual doctors and paramedics if required.
He also asked the CDMOs to submit a report to the Health Department on the number of vacant doctors' posts in state-run hospitals by July 15.
"We have National Health Mission (NHM) funds for the purpose. Similarly, we have corpus funds for the KBK districts which the CDMOs can utilise for the purpose of appointing contractual doctors," the minister said.
Of the 6719 sanctioned posts of doctors in the state, only 513 posts remained vacant. However, what has caused problem for the health department is that many doctors remain absent without informing the government.
"We will no more tolerate this type of absence," Das said asking CDMOs to initiate legal actions against those doctors who indulge in such practice.
He said the nodal officers of health and family welfare department will visit the districts every month and take note of service delivery at all government hospitals.
The minister suggested the CDMOs to encourage patient to receive medicines and get free of diagnostic tests done at the government hospitals.
He also said the CDMOs must ensure that all the medical equipment run smoothly and timely repair of machines.
The minister also cautioned the CDMOs that the "Dana Majhi" incident of 2016 is not repeated anywhere in the state.
Majhi, a poor tribal of Kalahandi district, was forced to walk with the body of his wife on his shoulders for 10 km after being denied a hearse by authorities at the district headquarters hospital in Bhawanipatna.