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Early Retirement (Medical Staff)

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) general practitioners, (b) consultants and (c) nurses have retired early in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by health board area. (78774)

Details of numbers of early retirements by (a) general practitioners, (b) consultants and (c) nurses in each of the last five years broken down by health board are set out in the following table. These figures include early retirements on grounds of ill health, redundancy or in the interests of the efficiency of the service and voluntary early retirement.

The information has been extracted from Health and Personal Social Services (HPSS) Superannuation records of HPSS staff who have been awarded early retirement benefits under the provisions of the Health and Personal Social Services (Superannuation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995.

Table of numbers of early retirements by area board for (a) practitioners, (b) consultants and (c) nurses in each of the last five years

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

(a) General practitioners

Eastern

3

10

8

5

7

Northern

2

7

3

2

1

Southern

2

0

3

1

0

Western

1

3

0

3

1

Total

8

20

14

11

9

(b) Consultants

Eastern

5

2

1

2

4

Northern

1

0

1

1

1

Southern

1

0

0

0

1

Western

0

0

2

0

0

Total

7

2

4

3

6

(c) Nurses

Eastern

59

64

58

50

43

Northern

21

31

27

20

15

Southern

28

22

19

23

19

Western

30

26

19

23

25

Total

138

143

123

116

102