Doctors’ early retirement has trebled since 2008BMJ 2021; 373 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1594 (Published 24 June 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1594
- Tom Moberly, UK editor
- The BMJ
The number of doctors taking early retirement from the NHS has more than trebled over the past 13 years, official figures show. In 2020-21 1358 GPs and hospital doctors in England and Wales took voluntary early retirement or retired because of ill health, up from 401 in 2007-08 (fig 1).
Overall, the total number of doctors retiring rose by 21% over this period, from 2431 in 2007-08 to 2952 in 2020-21. The total number of doctors employed by the NHS in England and Wales rose by 25% over this period, from 141 000 to 176 000.
The figures were provided to The BMJ by the NHS Business Services Authority in response to a freedom of information …