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In 2004 I returned to practice some 30 months following retirement on health grounds. Successful surgery restored my health and I wished to return to practice..The local Post Graduate Dean facilitated this by organising a six month paid half time placement in a local training practice where I would be mentored. The process worked well, I learned a great deal and my new colleagues were kind enough to offer me a part time post as a salaried GP. Seven years of practice followed.
In 2014 and having been retired for almost 3 years, I became aware of increasing difficulies in recruiting GPs. I investigated a possible return to part time practice. However I found that every obstacle described in Margaret McCartney's excellent column lay in front of me. Return to practice has proved impossible.
I find it quite bizarre that, at a time of such increasing pressure on Primary Care, it appears that no effort is being made to recognise the potential benefit that could result from facilitating the return of retired GPs to practice.