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Model for retaining consultants in intensive care
  1. Christine Pierce,
  2. Andy Petros
  1. Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andy Petros, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Foundation Trust, London WC1N 3JH, UK; andy.petros{at}gosh.nhs.uk

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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 …

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  • Contributors Both AP and CP contributed equally to the writing of this article.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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