Chandigarh, Sept. 22 -- The Punjab government on Friday announced it will re-employ its specialist doctors post retirement for another five years till they attain the age of 65.

State health and family welfare minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said the decision was taken to meet the shortage of specialist doctors in government hospitals.

The Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in Punjab has recruited nearly 100 specialists during its tenure but with many retiring, the shortage of doctors remains a challenge.

After retirement at 60, doctors will get financial benefits of their service as per the re-employment rule of the state government till the age of 65, a department official said.

Sidhu said the health department is considering...