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The freedom given to doctors to contact the DVLA about a patient's deteriorating ability to drive should be welcomed, not condemned

25 January 2016

The General Medical Council (GMC) has issued draft guidance on confidentiality. It emphasises a doctor's duty to disclose information to the DVLA where a patient fails to act.

The guidance is part of a public consultation on giving doctors clearer advice about balancing their legal and ethical duties of confidentiality, with their wider public protection responsibilities. The consultation is running until 10 February 2016, and you can give your views via the GMC's website.

The issue of 'older drivers' is always a hotly debated topic. Many point out that older drivers are safer and more reliable than their younger counterparts. They argue that removing licences will result in lost independence, particularly because of poor public transport services. A recent comment piece in The Telegraph1 newspaper noted:

'The risk in the GMC pr...

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