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Understanding the reasons why doctors are retiring early is vital. A report from the British Medical Association recognised that early retirement leads to a loss of expertise and skills to the NHS. Changes to the retirement age and pension regulations mean that consultants will be expected to work until their late 60s. On-call commitments throughout a career is the next most cited reason to retire early in a survey by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.1 For front-line specialties, when asked at what age they would choose to stop on-call rotas, 64% felt that 50–59 would be the right age, and only 36% opted …
Contributors Both AP and CP contributed equally to the writing of this article.
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