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Rash of GP retirements

Sir Liam Donaldson's proposals will worsen the shortage of GPs, Pulse's survey reveals.

Some 46 per cent of respondents said they would accelerate their retirement if the

Government accepted his recommendations to toughen medical regulation.

GPs said increased bureaucracy caused by requirements such as knowledge tests would lessen the appeal of continuing in practice.

Dr Christopher Nevill, a GP in Powys, Wales, who said the changes would hasten his retirement, said they were a kneejerk response to Shipman.

He said: 'It's the old chestnut of over-regulation of the whole in order to deal with a few. If we go back to knowledge tests, large quantities of GPs will just say thank you very much.'

Dr Edward Selby, a GP in Middlesbrough, predicted a 'glut' of retirements among GPs over 50.

He said: 'It's just an undercurrent, what with superannuation, the GMC, revalidation, reappraisal. Each one you could cope with, but when they start building up, you start thinking ­ why am I doing this?'

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