Doctors' Dilemmas: How I (might have) broken the law to stop an impaired driver

This GP took matters into his own hands to ensure the safety of patients and the public

A common and often unpleasant dilemma facing GPs is filling in the assessment of fitness to drive forms for patients who we think are no longer fit to drive.1

Clearly we have an obligation to protect public safety as well as the safety of our patient.2,3

But what should we do about an impaired patient who has lost their driver’s licence but who we know is continuing to drive? 

The solution is rarely simple.

Case history

Jack was a