Retired GPs | Post-50 fitness | Cycling septuagenarian | Football trinity | Land tax
When I retired from general practice six years ago aged 60, I was often asked when I had made this decision, and my answer was always: “The day I started work.” I believe 60 is a reasonable retirement age for any high-pressure job. The media and the government should stop blaming hard-working GPs for retiring “early” (Report, 29 October). In any case, working 50 to 60 hours a week for most of my career, I think I put in a pretty good shift!
Dr Tony Hirst
• Your feature on post-50 fitness (Second act sensations! Meet the people who reached peak fitness – after turning 50, 2 November) chimed perfectly with my own experience. I started running at 55, completed the London Marathon at 58 and learned to tap-dance at 63 during lockdown. There’s something about raging “against the dying of the light” that brings such confidence and joy.
St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex