This week someone sent me an article published in the Telegraph on Tuesday. It included comments by a Gp who basically wants the DVLA to review their process for allowing those with dementia to drive or not to drive.
I found his comments offensive. For a Gp to express an opinion using the these words shows how much work there is still left to do with clinicians:
Dr Peter Holden, the GP who tabled the motion, said that under present arrangements only family doctors were in a position to stop dementia sufferers potentially “mowing down” pedestrians and other road users.
“You know what the rate of increase of dementia is, you only need three or four dementia sufferers out on the road, would you like one out with a shotgun?”
A diagnosis of dementia doesn’t automatically mean you have to stop driving. Not everyone is affected in such a way as to warrant surrendering their licence. Yes the system does need to be reviewed as people need reassurance and clarity over driving as it is very vague at the moment but for a Gp to express his opinions in such a way is unprofessional and unhelpful.
I liked George McNamara, of the Alzheimer’s Society comment at the end of the article:
“Scaremongering is not helpful in making rational decisions in this area. A dementia diagnosis is not in itself a reason to stop driving.”
Full article can be read at: