The Road Safety Authority have produced an excellent "Sláinte agus Tiomáint" document detailing information for doctors and others regarding patient's fitness to drive.
Just a few points:
You have an ethical and legal duty to maintain patient confidentiality.
A doctors duty is to:
- Assess the person’s medical fitness to drive based on the current Sláinte agus Tiomáint medical standards.
- To advise the person regarding the impact of their medical condition or disability on their ability to drive and
recommend restrictions and ongoing monitoring as required.
- To advise the person of their responsibility to report their condition to the NDLS if their long-term or permanent
injury or illness may affect their ability to drive.
- To report to the NDLS regarding a person’s fitness to drive in the exceptional circumstances where there is a risk
to the public and the driver cannot or will not cease driving.
There is a considerable difference between the restitctions on Category 1 (car, motorbike, tractor) and Category 2 (bus, lorry etc) licence holders.
Please read the document but .... it is very comprehensive so I have added a few links to specific recommendations for different groups of conditions below.
Epilepsy standards for Group 1 and 2.
- 1st unprovoked seizure
- Provoked sezures
- Brain tumours
- Head injury
- Subdural/subarachnoid bleed
- Stroke / TIA