DVLA: Medical Advisers

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Independent Ulster Unionist

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kramer on 11 December 2013 (WA 116), how many (1) full-time, and (2) part-time, doctors are employed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency as Medical Advisers; and whether (a) medical records can be accessed, and (b) medical assessments are ever made, by personnel who are neither qualified medical practitioners nor licensed by the General Medical Council.

Photo of Baroness Kramer Baroness Kramer Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) currently employ 14 full time Medical Advisers, six part time Medical Advisers and one full time Senior Medical Adviser.

The DVLA does not have direct access to an individual’s medical record. The DVLA obtains medical information relevant to driving and road safety either from an individual or with their consent, from their GP or consultant.

The information obtained is accessed and assessed for the purposes of making a decision on whether a driving licence should be issued. The assessment may be made by a DVLA Medical Adviser or by a trained official who follows instructions authorised by the Medical Advisers. These trained officials are not qualified medical practitioners or licensed by the General Medical Council.

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