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It has been reported in the past that GPS’s should tell the DVLA if they treat patients that are not medically fit to drive. If you are not medically fit to drive and the doctor has declared it so, it is the law that you hand your licence back to the DVLA and take a break from driving. The quicker you surrender your licence, the quicker you will be able to get back to driving once you are back on your feet. The report by BT said that GP’s have a duty of protection to inform authorities if they have declared a patient as unfit and they are still continuing to drive. GP’s do not need a patient’s consent to do this. Chief executive of the GMC, Niall Dickson stressed that whilst doctor’s do guarantee confidentiality between them and a patient, they are not risking their position should they report their continuous driving (despite being warned) to the DVLA. Dickson wants to remind doctors that confidentiality is not absolute, and reporting a dangerous driver is far more important. If you have a loved one that you suspect is not fit to drive, advise they visit a GP and get their opinion, a research survey shows that people are more likely to listen to their GP than they would to a friend or family member when it comes to the safety of their driving.




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