GPs can now secretly report patients they think are unfit to drive

File photo dated 15/08/14 of a doctor with a stethoscope around their neck. Low morale and poor pay are key reasons why the NHS struggles to retain staff, according to a new survey.
File photo dated 15/08/14 of a doctor with a stethoscope around their neck. Low morale and poor pay are key reasons why the NHS struggles to retain staff, according to a new survey.

Doctors now have the power to report patients they consider to be unfit to drive to the authorities, without their permission.

New guidelines that came into effect today outline how GPs have a responsibility to alert the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) when a patient is driving against medical advice.