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Retirement rules relaxed

GPs in England and Wales wishing to return to work after retiring no longer have to wait a month before starting work again.

But doctors still have to take a break of one day from all NHS work after retiring and cannot work more than 16 hours a week in the first month after retirement.

The change means GPs can draw their pension and continue to work without as much

disruption to their practice as under the previous arrangement. They do not need to come off the Medical Performers List.

Dr Laurence Buckman, GPC deputy chair, said the change was the result of European legislation on age discrimination but said it had been an issue for years.

He said it was important for singlehanders in particular to ensure they have a partner in place, at least temporarily, to safeguard their continued presence as a contractor.

'Most people would see this as a beginning for slowing down and treat this as succession planning,' he said.

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