Who knows which of our opposition worthies made the freedom of information request in the desperate hope of revealing a flood of disgruntled, knackered GPs equally desperate to retire early?
FOI reference: FOI/19/00535
Date received: 22 Feb 2019
Date responded: 12 Mar 2019
In each of the past three years, how many GPs have successfully applied to take their pension early as a result of resignation/retirement in each health board area?
As of 30th September 2018, there were 4 994 GPs in Scotland.
So, between 1.32% and 1.42% of Scottish GPs have successfully applied to take their pension early in the last three years. Not exactly a flood so probably not worthy of a major research project to find out why.
However, just out of interest, I was able to find out in 2015, that there was no evidence of a massive problem of stress: