Pulse in the Press: Half of GPs plan on retiring by the age of 60

An exclusive Pulse survey revealing that half of the existing GP workforce plans to retire at or before the age of 60 has been picked up by the national press.

The story of half of GPs plan on retiring by the age of 60 has been mentioned in the Mail, Independent, the Times and ITV News. Our reporters have also been on Times Radio and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to discuss the findings.

Of more than 800 GPs surveyed across the UK by Pulse, almost half (47%) said they intend to retire at or before 60, including 1 in 8 who said they intended to retire before reaching 55.

Respondents gave a number of reasons why they wanted to retire early, with the most common factors being burnout and workload, although problems around pensions have also been a significant reason.

This story follows another recent Pulse exclusive, revealing that the first female chair of the BMA GP Committee had taken sick leave following sexist comments.

Ten Minute Tyranny

Pulse’s October issue looks at a radical proposal to increase GP appointment times.

This would place a daily limit on GP contacts with patients to 25 patients, allowing longer appointments.

Sofia Lind asks whether this proposal is workable and what practices may have to do to meet the requirement.

Elsewhere in the issue we have a Focus on Digital Doctors, where Pulse speaks with four GPs who are pioneering new ways of treating patients.

And the Big Interview is with former RCGP president Dr Iona Heath who speaks about the new movement that encourages doctors to be more prudent in their use of health interventions. ‘We need a debate about uncertainty, ’ she urges.

We have CPD articles on smoking cessation, abnormal vaginal bleeding and safeguarding children and teenagers.

And columnist Dr Zoe Norris writes to the GMC about the case of an underperforming colleague: Dr C. Apita.

Lastly, Dr Alex Bunn describes a typical day as a prison GP in an article that is both entertaining and slightly disturbing.

Read the latest issue online here, or download the new Pulse app, available on Google Play or iTunes.