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Flexible working

In 2017 the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) organised a survey with input from all colleges and faculties. It found that 52% of respondents were planning to retire between the ages of 56 and 60, and that 70% were frustrated by the amount of non-clinical , non-patient facing work such as administration. First among the report’s recommendations was that policy-makers should “urgently explore ways to offer older doctors greater opportunities for flexible working”.

A survey by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) of London in 2017 found that 69% of consultants aged 55-60 would like to retire and return to work on a Less Than Full Time (LTFT) basis. In 2019 the RCP issued a report, Later careers: stemming the drain of skills and expertise from the profession. The first of its recommendations was: “Urgently explore ways to offer older doctors greater opportunities for flexible working”.

The Retirement Planning survey carried out by the RCOG in 2019 echoes the findings of these reports.