Responding to a survey from the Royal College of Physicians1, which shows 45% of respondents said they planned to retire early, citing pension concerns, Dr Helen Fidler, BMA consultants committee deputy chair and consultant gastroenterologist, said:
“Another day and another stark warning from senior doctors over the damaging effects of pension rules. Yesterday it was surgeons2 and today this survey from the Royal College of Physicians lays bare the impact that these absurd regulations are having on the NHS and the patients we treat.
“The BMA has been clear that the only way to stop doctors of all kinds reluctantly reducing hours or from retiring early is to scrap the perverse rules and disastrous changes to pension tax that penalise them for wanting to do extra work to support the NHS and care for their patients.
“As winter approaches this becomes even more urgent. We simply cannot afford to lose any more of our most experienced doctors’ expertise.”
Notes to editors
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- Please see the Royal College of Physicians's website for full details.
- For full details of the RCS survey, please see their website.
- To read more about the BMA’s work on pensions, visit this page.