Q: I am a 43-year-old GP principal (partner in a GMS practice). I have worked in the NHS since 1992. I am planning to leave my practice in three to four years' time but I have not decided my final career change yet.
My options are to just do locum and out-of-hours sessions, work abroad as a GP or to leave medicine completely.
What would happen to my NHS pension? I feel that I am self-sufficient financially.
Can I leave the NHS and start drawing my pension at 50 or 55 years old?