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Doctors are failing to tell diabetic people about UK driving rules

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 06 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:812
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. Birmingham

    Many health professionals are still not telling insulin treated diabetic patients that they should check their blood glucose before driving. Under the regulations of the United Kingdom's Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, insulin dependent diabetic patients must inform the agency of their condition, must test their blood glucose before they drive, and must wait 45 minutes to drive after they have had a hypoglycaemic attack.

    But there are about five fatal crashes a year involving hypoglycaemia and 45 serious events a month, according to police notifications to the …

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