General Practitioners: Early Retirement:Written question - 133525

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Asked on: 20 March 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
General Practitioners: Early Retirement
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GPs retired before the age of 60 in each year since 2010.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 26 March 2018

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) administers the NHS Pension Scheme for England and Wales and has provided the following information regarding general practitioners (GPs) claiming their National Health Service pensions at retirement. This information is in respect of GPs claiming pension benefits from the 1995 Section of the NHS Pension Scheme which has a normal pension age of 60 and includes the vast majority of GPs currently retiring.

This information relates to all GPs in England and Wales claiming their NHS pension before age 60 upon their first retirement from the NHS.

Many GPs elect to return to the NHS in a non-pensionable capacity after claiming their NHS pension. The NHSBSA does not hold information regarding GPs who retire from the NHS in a non-pensionable capacity.

Year

GPs retired before age 60 in each year total

GPs who took Voluntary Retirement

GPs who took Ill Health Retirement

2009/10

398

324

74

2010/11

525

443

82

2011/12

599

513

86

2012/13

685

591

94

2013/14

835

746

89

2014/15

844

738

106

2015/16

767

677

90

2016/17

784

721

63*

Note:

*Some ill health pension applications are still under consideration by the NHSBSA.

The NHSBSA are not in a position yet to provide any information for year 2017/18.

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