Doctors at Gandhi Hospital protest against hike in retirement age of professors

Assistant professors from Gandhi Medical College went on mass leave, arguing that the government’s proposal would affect their promotions.

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Opposing the Telangana government’s proposal to increase the retirement age of professors from the existing 58 to 65, assistant and associate professors from Gandhi Medical College went on mass leave, and have threatened to go on an indefinite strike, if the government doesn’t revoke it within five days.

The doctors stated that the government’s decision will lead to the assistant and associate professors losing out on promotion opportunities.

Speaking to TNM, Dr D Ramesh, president of Telangana Government Doctors Association (TGDA) said, “If the government extends the retirement age of the professors, we would continue to serve in the same post of assistants, and further no new recruitments would happen. The government should look at the growing unemployment rate and recruit new candidates. How long will only the seniors continue to work? There’s a stalemate.”

He added, “It is not just the doctors from Gandhi hospital who have been objecting to this, our counterparts from Nizamabad and Siddipet have also objected to the government’s decision.

A group of the protesting doctors met Governor ESL Narasimhan in this regard. They also plan to hold talks with state Health Minister C Laxma Reddy on Saturday.

Responding to the protest by Gandhi Hospital doctors, Health Minister Dr. C. Laxma Reddy has called for talks on Thursday. Director of Medical Education, Dr. Ramesh Reddy said the government is already working to implement the career advancement scheme for teaching doctors and the file is under consideration.

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