The Minister of Public Service, Muruli Mukasa has clarified on allegations that government plans to review the retirement age of public servants from 60 to 70 years.
In a press statement, Muruli who was responding to media reports noted that indeed plans are underway to review the Public Service Standing Orders, 2010 to accommodate new national and global trends.
The Minister said the review commenced in financial year 2018/2019 and is expected to be completed in financial year 2019/2020.
“Among the proposals for review is the provision for employment of medical specialists beyond the mandatory retirement age of 60 years. The Standing Orders, 2010 already provide for re-employment of public officers after the age of 60 years on contract terms if they possess rare skills, are medically fit and if efforts to replace them have been fruitless,” Muruli said.
He said that after consultations with various key stakeholders including Ministry of Health, a proposal to re-employ medical specialist after their retirement age has been developed with emphasis on specialists such as Oncology, Hematology, Anesthesia, Psychiatry, Cardiology, Pathology, Neuro-Surgery among others.
The Minister noted that each re-employment contract will be for duration of 3 years and employees will be eligible to a maximum of 3 contracts subject to a personal medical fitness assessment report by the Medical Board.
“In the event that the skills gap has been filled through training of the lower cadres in the profession, the necessity to invoke this provision shall not be utilized,” Muruli noted.
He noted that available statistics from the Ministry of Health indicate that out of 688 approved positions of Medical Specialists only 339 positions (49% of the approved structure) are filled.
He added however that other cadres in the public service with the exception of Judges, remain at the same mandatory retirement age of 60 years.