Coroner slams doctors over lack of driving discussion

The Queensland coroner found a GP and endocrinologist failed to properly assess a woman who died after crashing during a hypoglycaemic event.

This story has been updated. See footnote.

A woman with unstable type 1 diabetes certified medically fit to drive by a GP was not safe to get behind the wheel, a Queensland coroner has ruled.

The 57-year-old died in March 2020 when her car hit a tree after she lost consciousness during a hypoglycaemic event.

The coroner found she had poor hypoglycaemic awareness, with data from her insulin pump showing she’d had 16 hypoglycaemic events in the month before the accident.

Importantly, it revealed the