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NHS must support older doctors to counter drive to early retirement, says BMA

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 01 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l988
  1. Harriet Pike
  1. Cambridge

The NHS must make it easier for older doctors to continue working to help retain their skills and experience, says the BMA in a report.1

It warns that a significant portion of the NHS workforce is considering retirement and recommends that employers do more to support older doctors through flexible working arrangements and by removing barriers that discourage older doctors from continuing to work in the health service.

“Many experienced older doctors are finding that working in today’s NHS is too taxing on their work-life balance, health, and wellbeing, particularly as they age, causing some to seek early retirement,” said …

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