NHS voluntary early retirements: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

In relation to NHS early retirements:

1. Annual breakdowns from 2007/8 up to the most recently available year (2020/21 or, ideally, 2021/22) of the total number of voluntary early retirements (VERs) by:

a) consultants
b) GPs, and
c) General Dental Practitioners in NHS Scotland.

2. And, for each of these years/categories, what the percentage of VERs were out of the total number of retirements.


The response to your request is provided in the attached spreadsheet.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the SPPA does not have some of the information you have requested. Unfortunately we cannot reliably identify which members are consultants from the data we hold on record. We capture whether or not members are Medical Practitioners, Dental Practitioners, Mental Health Officers and a small range of other employment types but nothing that will show who is a consultant.

In the past, when asked for information about GPs, we have assumed this to mean all Medical Practitioners. The labels that we capture against members that we are using to denote a GP are:

  • Locum Medical Practitioner
  • Asst Medical Practitioner
  • Principal Medical Practitioner
  • Locum Medical Practitioner - Care
  • Asst Medical Practitioner - Care
  • Principal Medical Practitioner - Care

The specific labels that we capture against members to denote that they are dentists are:

  • Asst Dental Practitioner
  • Principle Dental Practitioner
  • Asst Dental Practitioner - Care
  • Principal Dental Practitioner - Care

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FOI 202200313709 - Information released


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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