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BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 13 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:S3-7122

Bureaucracy and paperwork were identified as key reasons for seeking early retirement, according to a recent survey of psychiatrists (Psychiatric Bulletin 1997;21:741-5). All 173 psychiatrists retiring from NHS practice and aged under 65 in 1994 and 1995 were invited to participate. The results show that the 50 or so avoidable early retirements each year account for around half of the currently unfilled posts. The report concludes: “Though, doubtless, not all those who retired early were mourned by their colleagues … the NHS has lost a substantial number of able, conscientious, even dedicated men and women by overloading them, ignoring or overriding their opinions, forcing them to devote precious time to what they regarded as pointless bureaucratic tasks, and scorning their public service values.”

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