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NHS staff crisis deepens as 40% of GPs take early retirement or cut hours

Four in ten GPs have taken early retirement or slashed their hours because of a pensions crisis in the NHS.

Campaigners warned last night the crisis is putting patients’ lives at risk and making it ‘harder than ever’ to get an appointment.

Pension reforms introduced in 2016 have forced senior doctors to cut their hours to avoid a tax bill that can run into tens of thousands.

A survey of 6,000 senior doctors by the British Medical Association revealed 70 per cent of hospital consultants and three quarters of GPs have either reduced their hours or are planning to.

The vast majority of these have cut back their hours in the past few months with no sign of a way to solve the problem.

Read more in the Daily Mail.

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