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Doctors and patients complain about severe health restrictions on driving licences

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1663 (Published 06 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1663
  1. Ainhoa Iriberri
  1. 1Madrid

Spanish doctors are angry that rules governing the renewal of driving licences that exclude certain groups of patients have been drawn up without their being consulted.

Although the law has been in place since June 2009, people undergoing chemotherapy for cancer and those with diabetes, with certain heart conditions, or who have had a kidney transplant are only just finding out that their health is an impediment to driving.

Ignacio Fernández Lozano, a spokesman for the Spanish Society of Cardiology, criticised the government for issuing the law without consulting medical experts.

“If you want my opinion, the problem is …

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