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Medical Conditions

Important - Please read
This section (Medical Conditions) has been added to this site as a point of interest to you the reader. We have reproduced the text on each subject from what we believe are wholly professional and reliable sources, and have done so in good faith. However, we cannot endorse the views expressed on these subjects as we are not professionally qualified (medically) to do so. If any symptons regarding a particular medical condition indicate that certain drugs can be taken in an effort to combat that condition, we would strongly advise that if you have that condition, you seek the advise of your GP immediately and refrain from taking any drugs mentioned within the context of the article unless they are prescribed to you by your Doctor - what may be good for others, may kill you.
We would also strongly advise seeing your GP if after reading a specific topic here, you recognise that the symptons discussed within are the same (or similar) to symptons you are currently experiencing and too date have not been discussed with your GP.

Introduction
Medical conditions are used to describe a patient's conditions in a hospital. These terms are most commonly used by the news media and are rarely used by doctors in their daily business, preferring to deal with medical problems in greater detail. What we have reproduced within this section of the site are medical conditions that affect all of our daily lives and which we hope you find useful and of interest.

The subject matter here includes:

Drivers and Employers
The largest workforce within this industry is without doubt the driver workforce, with medical standards forming a fundemental part of their daily working lives. For Operators/Employers, it is in your best interest to ensure that your driver workforce is safe, compliant and considered at all times - your duty of care.

Medical Standards and the DVLA
The DVLA has a role to ensure that the medical standards of drivers and the issue of all driving licenses is carried out in the best interests of all, with an emphasis placed on Road Safety. To this end, the DVLA employs its own fully qualified medical advisers who are supported by administrative staff, to ensure that those drivers with medical conditions are able to satisfy the medical standards required for safe driving

Setting Medical Standards for Drivers
The Secretary of State has appointed a number of advisory panels to provide expert advice on the medical standards required for safe driving. There are separate panels covering the major medical conditions/disorders. The panels consist of experts in their medical field who meet on a regular basis to review the standards in the light of medical research and advancements in medical science.
There are higher medical standards in place for the driving of lorries and buses because of the size and weight of the vehicles involved and also the length of time drivers may spend at the wheel in the course of their occupation.

This is a MUST read
Medical Rules for Drivers - DVLA
Medical Standards - DirectGov

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