Half of GPs to quit if pension age rises

A huge number of GPs are planning to either quit general practice or take 24-hour retirement if controversial recommendations on public sector pensions are implemented by the government.

Early results of a GP survey reveal 19% of GPs would quit general practice if the retirement age for public sector pensions is raised to 65, as recommended in Lord Hutton's recent report. Another 25% would take 24 hour retirement, meaning in total nearly half the profession would considering retiring because of potential changes to their pension scheme.

On top of that, nearly 40% of GPs are considering retiring to avoid the reforms to the NHS in England.

One respondent, typical of many, said if the retirement age changed: 'I'd just go now. I'm close to retirement age.'

Another said he would 'probably retire from general practice before this is implemented - aged 54'.

'It used to be a profession and job you loved and delivered with pleasure for many hours for how ever many years, only to be spoilt by politics,' said one GP partner.

One GP in south London, commenting on the NHS reforms, said: 'I'm too young so practically speaking won't [retire]. However, I am considering taking a five to six-session-a-week job and easing myself out of the NHS.'

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