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Reporting concerns to the DVLA

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.’