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Doctors’ early retirement triples in a decade

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 21 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4360
  1. Tom Moberly
  1. The BMJ

The number of doctors taking early retirement has tripled in the past decade, NHS figures show.

From 2007-08 to 2018-19 the number of GPs and hospital doctors in England and Wales taking voluntary early retirement or retiring because of ill health rose from 386 to 1186. The average retirement age fell over this period, from 61 in 2007-08 to 59 in 2018-19.

Overall, the number of doctors retiring over the period rose by 7%, from 2359 to 2527. As more doctors have opted to retire …

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