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Nhs Early Retirement

Volume 264: debated on Thursday 19 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 18 July, Official Report, columns 13–14, if he will make a further statement about the numbers of NHS staff who took early retirement. [38732]

I regret that there were errors in the previous reply. The correct information is as follows:The number of people taking early retirement age 50 and over, except those retiring because of ill-health in each of the last three years is:

  • 1991–92: 2,818
  • 1992–93: 3,313
  • 1993–94: 5,837

National health service employers meet the full cost of paying these benefits early, including any compensation amounts. The total costs in each of the last three years are:

  • 1991–92: £19,222,371
  • 1992–93: £27,065,579
  • 1993–94: £42,522,384

The cost of ill-health retirement is not charged to NHS employers. The number of people taking ill-health retirement in each of the last three years is:

  • 1991–92: 7,323
  • 1992–93: 8,327
  • 1993–94: 9,520