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GMC guidance: reporting concerns to the DVLA

GMC Statement

31 Mar 2017

We respond to calls to make reporting concerns to the DVLA mandatory for doctors.

Charlie Massey, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said:

‘Our guidance is clear that doctors should disclose information about individual patients to protect the public from potential harm. Our updated advice on reporting concerns to the DVLA, which comes into force next month, also states that doctors should disclose information to the agency if others may be at risk - even if the patient does not agree to this.

‘We don’t agree that reporting should be made mandatory. There is a clear public good in having a confidential medical service and we would be concerned about the wider implications if the trust between a doctor and their patient was eroded. We should let doctors use their professional judgment, in conjunction with our guidance, to the individual situation.’

Notes to editors

The General Medical Council (GMC) is an independent organisation that helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK.

  • We decide which doctors are qualified to work here and we oversee UK medical education and training.
  • We set the standards that doctors need to follow, and make sure that they continue to meet these standards throughout their careers.
  • We take action when we believe a doctor may be putting the safety of patients, or the public's confidence in doctors, at risk.

We are not here to protect doctors - their interests are protected by others. Our job is to protect the public.

We are independent of government and the medical profession and accountable to Parliament. Our powers are given to us by Parliament through the Medical Act 1983.

We are a registered charity (number 1089278 with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, and number SC037750 with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator), we have to show that our aims are for public benefit.

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