Chief secretary to the Treasury Alan Milburn has announced a review of 'ill-health retirements' in the public sector, which are costing an estimated£1bn a year. Retirements on the grounds of ill-health hit a peak in the mid-1990s. A Treasury statement said such retirements among 'NHS male administrators in their 30s and 40s' rose fourfold between 1969 and 1994. The review will also look at the grounds for such departures, including stress. Mr Milburn said people working in the public sector had a right to retire early on health grounds 'when there are good reasons for it'.