GPs should report unfit drivers

GPs should warn the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) when a medical condition leaves a patient unfit to drive, according to the GMC.

Supplementary guidance on confidentiality, published today, notes that GPs should tell drivers that they have a legal duty to report conditions such as failing sight to the DVLA.

But if patients continue to drive against medical advice, it adds, ‘you should contact the DVLA or DVA immediately and disclose any relevant medical information, in confidence, to the medical adviser’.

The new document also updates GMC guidance on other areas, including reporting gun and knife crime, and disclosing information for insurance purposes or QOF reviews.

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