Medical certificates attesting fitness to drive

Doctors that are guilty of inappropriate certification of fitness to drive have received few, if any, sanctions. A recent Tribunal decision on this matter is reviewed in this paper. Facts of the case of Medical Board of Australia v Andrew are reviewed here, and the legal implications for these doctors are discussed. An essential and timely warning is offered by this paper to the effect that the Medical Board did seek harsh sanctions, even more severe than those that were imposed by the Tribunal; however, the Tribunal also felt it necessary to impose 'general deterrence' in order to prevent inappropriate certification. The need for meticulous attention to detail and for circumspection when assessing patients who claim to be seizure-free, or who downplay impairment from a variety of other medical conditions, while insisting on being allowed to drive, are emphasized in this paper.


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  • Accession Number: 01669384
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 4 2018 2:50PM