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More than half of GPs say NHS reforms are a factor for them retiring, shows BMA survey

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3608 (Published 09 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3608
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

NHS reforms are cited by more than half of GPs who plan to retire in the next two years as a reason for them leaving the profession, show results of a BMA survey.

Altogether 1413 (14%) out of the first 10 000 respondents to the National Survey of GP Opinion said they planned to retire in the next two years with most (71%, 942 out of 1413) citing age as a reason for doing so. But the next most common reason given for retiring was the NHS reforms (cited by 56%). Revalidation (cited by 38%) and changes to pension taxation (cited by 27%) were also common reasons given for retiring.

If these results are extrapolated they suggest that about 6700 GPs from across …

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