'My patient tried to hit me with his cane': GPs reveal fitness-to-drive tribulations

Most want clearer rules to avoid patient blame

Most GPs want a mandate to send patients for a driving assessment following specific diagnoses so they are not blamed for reporting patients, an Australian Doctor survey suggests.

Older woman driving

The vexed issue of fitness-to-drive assessments re-entered the news last week after a Senate inquiry into road safety said the assessments should be done by occupational therapists.

The inquiry offered two arguments: it would protect GPs' therapeutic relationships with their patients, and