Doctor’s orders for unfit drivers?

Proposed law would override confidentiality rules and make physicians report patients who they deem not fit to drive


SPAIN’S legislators are considering a change in the law which would oblige GPs to advise the Traffic Department (DGT) if a patient is considered unfit to drive.

At present, confidentiality rules prevent doctors giving such warnings to the traffic authorities, except if the patient is considered to be a danger to herself, himself or others. The government is in the process of reforming parts of the Road Safety Act and is aiming to improve coordination between the DGT and health authorities.

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