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In short: GPs will flag unfit drivers

Doctors must inform the DVLA (or DVA in Northern Ireland) if patients are unfit to drive. 


New draft guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC) states that a GP should report those who continue to drive against their advice. It is currently the driver’s responsibility to notify the DVLA of any medical condition that might leave someone at risk of death or serious harm.

The strengthened guidance is part of a public consultation on the GMC’s core guidance on confidentiality. 

“We are clear that doctors carrying out their duty will not face any sanction,” highlights Niall Dickson, the GMC’s chief executive, “and this new guidance makes clear that we will support those who are faced with these difficult decisions.”


Keeley Downey is acting deputy editor of IOSH Magazine. She is a former editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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