Views & Reviews In and Out of Hospital

Retirement: the four year itch

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 27 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1318
  1. James Owen Drife, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
  1. J.O.Drife{at}

Retirement is one of those sensitive topics, like politics and religion, to be avoided when talking to doctors who are still working. It risks provoking a diatribe on the new NHS pension arrangements, their children’s university tuition fees, and, for comparison, bankers’ bonuses. We of the boomer generation have learnt to keep our mouths shut and our heads down.

If it’s any comfort, young doctors, let me reassure you that retirement is rather a disappointment. Yes, there is the …

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