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More hospital doctors are opting to retire early

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 04 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3744

Are more hospital doctors retiring early?

I read the ‘More hospital doctors are opting to retire early’ article with great interest. The article reports that more hospital doctors are citing ‘early retirement’ as a reason for claiming their pension (13.6% in 2008 vs 26.9% in 2018). It may be worth noting that the state pension age for women increased from 60 to 65 during that same period. Given the overall proportion of hospital doctors retiring each year has remained practically unchanged (1.25% to 1.27%), it seems likely that this shift is simply because ‘early retirement’ doesn’t mean what it used to. The question we need to ask is: are hospital doctors retiring at a younger age than they used to, and if so, what can be done to address the trend.

Competing interests: No competing interests

09 September 2018
Emma L Cox