New Delhi, Oct 1 (UNI) On 'World Elderly Day,' the Indian Medical Association today called upon the government to 'revisit' laws which 'de-recognise' the expertise and qualifications of doctors and medical specialists once they retired.
Speaking at the felicitation ceremony of 'elderly luminaries' of the IMA, its president Dr Ajay Kumar rued the fact that specialists and vastly experienced doctors were made to feel humble after retirement as their prescriptions were not valid.
''The archaic rules need to be changed because it hurts them, in fact any person who has acquired so much expertise and specialisation.'' It surpised one and all that once he or she retired they were no good for anyone, which was painful, he said.
Lauding the work of 'seniors' who had helped chisel their skills and given so much to the next generation, Dr Kumar said the society which did not value the elderly was not worthy of respect.
''Growing western influence was robbing us of our traditional values where elderly played an important role in all decision-making in the family.'' Earlier it was 'we' which took the social perspective before any decision was taken, but today its 'I' that has sidelined the very concept of cohesive living which formed the basis of a united family, social living and a dynamic society, he added.
Rebuffing the theory that old age 'slowed' creativity, Dr Kumar said former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee, columnist Khushwant Singh, sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, sculptor B C Sanyal had proved beyond doubt that zest for life had nothing to do with age.
Pledging to work relentlessly for the benefit of the elderly, Dr Kumar said the IMA would target the 73 per cent illiterate elderly, specially in rural areas, who had no social security, insurance or any other support to make a decent living.