Trusts should cut workload of senior physicians to retain themBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7520.798 (Published 06 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:798
- Brettingham Madeleine
More than three quarters of consultant physicians currently in post intend to retire early. This exodus could leave every large hospital in the United Kingdom short of two physicians and could mean a loss of over 6000 working years in total to the NHS, the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians has warned.
The findings, from the federation's 2004 annual census of UK consultant physicians, indicate that the government needs to take more account of changing working patterns. Doctors are leaving the profession early, escaping long working hours and stressful conditions, says the federation, which comprises the Royal Colleges of Physicians in London, Edinburgh, and …