Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-06-17 20:24 Mangaluru: The state government is considering increasing the retirement age of doctors from 60 to 65 years to tide over the shortage of physicians, said Minister for Health and Family Welfare UT Khader, who also added that physical fitness of the physician will be taken into consideration while deciding to extend the doctor’s service. The move comes in the wake of the approval given by the Centre to increase the retirement age of central government doctors from 62 to 65 years. "Keeping in mind the shortage of doctors in the state, the state government also may increase the retirement age of doctors from 60 to 65 years,” Khader said, adding the government was willing to pay “Rs1-cr to specialists and Rs42,000 to MBBS doctors who be absorbed as permanent staff with a salary of Rs 60,000 after completing three years in service”. “However, it is important that the doctor should be physically fit to continue in the department. We will discuss the issue soon,” the minister added. Khader said the choice of retiring or continuing in service after 60 years would be left to the doctors.