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In the Herald today, another big fib designed to scare and based on the shoddiest of journalism.

Readers will remember a smelly trail of such lies and distortions in the Scottish media, going back all the way to RSD’s Eleanor Bradford and all the way down to the ‘dysfunctional’ Lisa Summers. The Herald’s Helen McCardle has been the most obvious example in the press and today she’s up to her usual tricks with the above claim.

We hear:

HALF of doctors in Scotland now intend to retire earlier than previously planned, with the vast majority blaming huge pension tax bills. The survey of 2,800 doctors nearing retiring age, showed that in the last two years, 38% per cent of clinicians aged 50 to 65 had been hit with a pension tax charge.

There are more than 13 000 doctors and dentists in NHS Scotland not including GPs of whom there are nearly 5 000.

Is this survey saying that half of them plan to retire early? Is this really a survey of doctors in Scotland or just another UK-wide, self-selecting sample?

Did McCardle consider looking at actual statistics on actual early retirement? No? Was that because she doesn’t have the skills to do so or because they show that the number is tiny and reducing? See:

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https://www.gov.scot/publications/foi-19-00620/