How to deal with doctor-shopping unfit drivers

GPs are being offered advice on what to do with patients who aren’t fit to drive and might ‘shop around’ for a different medical opinion.

The latest edition of the Assessing Fitness to Drive manual, published by Austroads and the National Transport Commission, has an expanded section on patient-doctor relationships as well as amendments to medical criteria, which come into effect from 1 October.

Care should be taken in consults with drivers who are not regular patients, the document advises.

“Some drivers may seek to deceive health professionals about their

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