The Uttar Pradesh government has announced a plethora of changes to register a thumping win over voters in the state a few months ahead of the assembly elections. Eyeing the healthcare sector in general and medical professionals in particular, it has said that it will go for extending doctors’ retirement age. The doctor’s retirement age in the state will be increased to 70 years from the present age of 65 years with the latest revision. The state government’s announcement has come on the heels of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on Uttar Pradesh.
The proposal for extending the retirement age of doctors in Uttar Pradesh is expected to receive the go-ahead from Yogi Adityanath-led state government in the forthcoming cabinet meeting. Suresh Khanna, Uttar Pradesh’s Medical Education Minister said that the Covid-19 era warrants doctors with more experience. After retirement, most of the doctors launch private clinics The Uttar Pradesh government’s latest decision is viewed to be a step to ensure that such doctors carry on with their services to Uttar Pradesh and the people for a period longer than usual.
According to news reports, state’s CM Yogi Adityanath has also agreed to the proposal to be able to help Uttar Pradesh improve the doctors to patients proportion in the state. One doctor looks after around 19,962 patients in the state in 2018. India’s capital Delhi, in comparison, had one doctor for every 2203 patients.