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What might encourage later retirement among general practitioners?

Anna Luce (Centre for Clinical Psychology and Healthcare Research, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Tim van Zwanenberg (Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Dentistry, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Jenny Firth‐Cozens (Centre for Clinical Psychology and Healthcare Research, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Claire Tinwell (Centre for Clinical Psychology and Healthcare Research, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

Journal of Management in Medicine

ISSN: 0268-9235

Article publication date: 1 August 2002

Abstract

More GPs are needed, but there are concerns about retaining the existing workforce quite apart from recruiting new doctors. This survey of GP principals in the Northern deanery aged over 45, identified factors potentially encouraging them to take early retirement (before 60) or to work on beyond 60. Over a third of those with retirement plans intended to retire early. Perceived undesirable changes in the NHS and workload were the main factors influencing intentions to retire. Reducing hours and administrative duties, and improving managerial support were factors that may encourage later retirement. Financial incentives in the form of increased pensions were most attractive to those already planning later retirement. A total of 35 per cent scored above threshold for significant psychological distress, and the higher psychological distress the earlier GPs wanted to retire. Interventions encouraging later retirement should be targeted at reducing workload and administration. Interventions to reduce stress could also encourage later retirement.

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Luce, A., van Zwanenberg, T., Firth‐Cozens, J. and Tinwell, C. (2002), "What might encourage later retirement among general practitioners?", Journal of Management in Medicine, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 303-310. https://doi.org/10.1108/02689230210445112

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