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Medical specialists happy with retirement age upping

Medical Specialists told the Court of Appeal through their lawyers yesterday (28) that they are satisfied with the decision taken by the Health Ministry to extend the retirement age of medical specialists in the government service up to 63 years. This was informed when the writ petitions filed by 176 doctors against the decision by the Cabinet to make the retirement age of the medical specialists 60 years were called by the Court of Appeal.

Court of Appeal President Justice Nissanka Bandula Karunaratne and Judge M.A.R.Marikkar considered the petitions. Additional Solicitor General Nerin Pulle, who appeared before the court on behalf of the Attorney General, stated that the Health Ministry Secretary has submitted a motion to the court regarding the decision to extend the service period of specialist doctors to 63 years. He mentioned that copies of the letter have been given to the petitioner as well.

President’s Counsel Sanjeeva Jayawardena who represented the petitioner, said that his clients were satisfied with the decision. Meanwhile, President’s Counsel Romesh De Silva who represented a group of petitioners, said that the decision was made subject to the Cabinet’s approval and the hearing of this petition should not be suspended until the Cabinet decision is received.

The President’s Counsel stated that if Cabinet approval is not received for this purpose, the petitioners will seek an order suspending the gazette notification related to retirement at 60. Therefore, he requested the court to summon this petition after three months.President’s Counsel Sanjeeva Jayawardene also agreed to this.

Lawyers representing a group of junior specialist doctors named as respondents in the petition argued that the decision to extend the retirement age to 63 years is against the government’s policy decisions.

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