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S5W-14907: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 27 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many NHS clinical staff have taken early retirement in each year since 2010-11, and what analysis it has carried out of their reasons for doing so, broken down by NHS board.

Answered by: Shona Robison 16 April 2018

It is not possible to break down early retirals according clinical and other staff groups as SPPA pension records focus on scheme entitlements rather than staff group. However, the following table covers all staff who were directly employed and whose records indicate Voluntary Early Retirement with an Actuarial Reduction (VERA) or Preserved VERA, in addition to two further categories which do not apply to GPs - Voluntary Early Retirement with No Reduction (VER) and Premature Retirement (PREM).

Note that where data is available that identifies less than 5 in any Health Board area, the actual figures have been removed for data protection reasons to guard against the possibility of identifying the specific individuals who have retired under these terms.

Board Area

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18 1

Ayrshire & Arran

14

20

30

28

33

58

35

41

Borders

10

7

7

9

16

15

16

17

Dumfries & Galloway

13

13

14

24

15

19

24

33

Fife

17

29

20

29

31

37

34

40

Forth Valley

19

34

30

25

18

25

34

33

Grampian

25

39

22

51

49

58

40

41

Grt. Glasgow & Clyde

63

71

90

91

110

126

136

141

Highland

21

16

17

25

26

40

43

37

Lanarkshire

29

37

23

40

58

59

54

51

Lothian

36

41

42

52

49

85

71

69

Orkney

6

<5

<5

<5

6

<5

<5

<5

Shetland

<5

<5

<5

<5

<5

<5

<5

<5

Tayside

24

21

32

41

34

45

41

75

Western Isles

<5

0

<5

<5

<5

<5

<5

<5

         

NHS Ed. for Scotland

<5

8

<5

8

<5

7

<5

<5

NHS Health Scotland

<5

<5

5

0

<5

<5

<5

<5

Nat. Services Scotland

11

22

28

22

27

20

16

26

National Waiting Times

<5

<5

8

<5

<5

<5

6

<5

Scot. Ambulance Serv.

14

21

20

31

44

31

30

29

State Hospital

<5

<5

8

<5

0

<5

<5

<5

         

Small Employers 2

37

32

28

31

46

40

42

50

Dental Practitioners

8

8

10

14

20

31

23

30

Highland Council 3

0

0

0

0

<5

0

0

0

         

Total

358

429

446

532

597

711

659

730

1. Available figures for year so far. May be subject to revision as data is refined.

2. Small Employers – GP Practice Staff (Admin, Support and Nurses) and Small Direction Bodies.

3. Highland Council Direction Body.

Reasons for retirement are not recorded in the system but it is important to note that the fact that someone has accessed their pension does not necessarily mean that they have stopped working in the NHS. The NHS Scotland Pension Scheme allows staff to retire and return, usually on reduced hours, and this can be a good way for staff to find a manageable way to continue working as they get older, whilst the service is able to retain their skills and experience.