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Ill health pushes 700 GPs into early retirement, health minister reveals


Dylan at 12.18 makes a good point - and his maths is right - only 85 docs a year retiring (on average) due to medical grounds seems a tiny number. We all know of colleagues who have gone early with serious illnesses. The latest GP headcount (2016) in England is 41,985(I assume that these ill health retirement figures are for England). So the annual ill-health retirement rate is only one in 494!! (0.202%). Many of the other retirements under 60 ("non-ill-health") will be docs who have had enough as full-time partners, take their pensions and then go on to far less stressful roles. Recently the fall in the life-time-allowance will have led to significant numbers of experienced docs stopping for a month to get their pension and then going on working. They can be very confident that their younger partners will have them back - as there is absolutely no alternative! As Dylan remarks - what are the ill-health retirement rates for other 'less than super' public employment roles such as nurse, teacher and social worker? It may even be that GPs are a relatively resilient group.

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03 Apr 2018

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