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NHS Employers backs scrapping of default retirement age


NHS Employers is supporting Government proposals to scrap the default retirement age of 65 and allow employees to work for longer if they want to.

Says deputy director Alastair Henderson: ‘Many NHS organisations feel that forcing people to retire at a prescribed age when they do not wish to is no longer helpful, especially given the need to retain talent and to encourage people to stay in work for longer.

‘There are employers in the NHS who have already raised this issue with the health trade unions and have agreed to … allow employees to work longer, while three-quarters of trusts already have workforce age policies place.’

He says that NHS Employers has contributed to the cross-government strategy Building a Society for all Ages, and believes that ‘its introduction will be critical to addressing the challenges arising from demographic change’.

He added: ‘NHS organisations have a central role to play in delivering this new strategy, and this includes providing health prevention programmes, flexible employment packages and education and training for staff of all ages so that we retain staff throughout their working life.

‘We are pleased that the review of the default retirement age has been brought forward to 2010.’


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  • After 34 years nursing in the NHS I have chronic spinal pain, a walking disability and more importantly I have been broken down by the changes and increasingly insane bureaucracy of the NHS. I am 55. The thought of working until I am over 65 fills me with suicidal thoughts.

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  • I am all for people making their own choices. My mum is 68 and still works 3 shifts a week. She adores her work and it keeps her mind active.I am sure her love of nursing keeps her young and healthly.

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  • If individuals have the drive, passion, physically fit in gooo health. Are emotionally fit to continue working, Why shouldn't they? The key word here is choice.

    Older workers have a vast amount of skills knowledge and experience to share and pass on. These skills and talents should be cherish and used. However only if the individual choose to stay and work longer

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  • Good luck to anyone who wants to work past 60 as a ward based nurse. I am 51 now and will have worked 40 years for the NHS when I am 59. There is no way I will carry on working past that. If I could afford to I would finish at 55 and join an agency or the bank staff.

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  • The thought of continuing to work past 65 is enough to give you nightmares.

    Can you imagine the scene when the crash call is put out.

    The clanking of zimmer frames, the revving up of mobility scooters as the crash team set off on their resus mission.

    What a thought. Maybe not just an idea more of a reality if things carry on.
    Nursing is a physically demanding job, never mind the mental stress and trauma involved.

    Do we really have to be worked to death, just to ensure the NHS gets it's moneys worth. I'll have paid in to my pension for forty years or more. I'd really like to collect on some of it.

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