Views & Reviews Outside the Box

Working harder for longer

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 16 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1616
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care
    1. p.greenhalgh{at}

    Turning 50 brings invitations for a host of delights: cruise holidays, cheap car insurance, screening mammograms—and pre-retirement seminars at the BMA.

    It didn’t seem right to turn up to a retirement planning event on a mountain bike, so I went home from work to collect the car. On arrival at BMA House I was met by a picket line. Was my projected pension so high, I wondered, that people were protesting against it? No such luck. The placards were directed at the minister of …

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