GUWAHATI: Thirty-nine doctors from different medical colleges of the state took voluntary retirement. The State Health Department accepted the resignation letters of all the 39 doctors and relieved them.
Seven of the doctors were from the GMCH, 11 from the AMCH, ten from JMCH, four from the Barpeta Medical College, six from Tezpur Medical College and one from the Lakhimpur Medical College.
Many of these doctors had applied for voluntary retirement, and they were not attending their duty for a long time.
When asked if the senior doctors taking voluntary retirement at a time when Covid-19 is yet to relent in the state, Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said, "It's a routine affair. Some doctors take voluntary retirement. It will not affect the state health sector since we are appointing new doctors and promoting some."
Sources said that some of the doctors who took voluntary retirement were not satisfied with the functioning of the medical colleges. While some were keen on private practice, some others took retirement on health grounds. Sources, however, said that this does not augur well for the state health sector.