Doctors must inform the DVLA or DVA of medical conditions
The GMC have now declared that, in accordance to new guidelines, doctors must notify the DVLA (Driving and Vehicle Licencing Agency) and the DVA (Driving and Vehicle Agency in Northern Ireland) of patient’s important medical information that may affect their driving.
If a patient continues to drive against medical advice and fails to notify the DVLA or DVA then doctors must inform these governing bodies.
In discussions with doctors it is said that they feel anxious about disclosing confidential information, however, it has been made clear by the GMC that confidentiality is not absolute. This has been published to clarify to doctors on how to balance their ethical and legal duties and for potential public responsibilities.
Reasons for this change
Duty of Care
The GMC has said that the responsibility for disclosing any medical information still lies with the patient although if they continue not to act then it is their doctor’s duty to report this.
Niall Dickson, the GMC chief executive, said: “This is difficult territory. Most patients will do the sensible thing, but the truth is that a few will not and may not have the insight to realise that they are a risk to others behind the wheel of a car.”
These guidelines are currently being tested running from the 25th November 2015 up until early 2016. Towards the end of 2016 there will be a final report on the finalised guidelines.