Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (473)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

473. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Health the provisions in place for a person (details supplied) who needs a form signed by a doctor to have a driver licence renewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2273/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

While there is currently exceptional demand for GP services in the context of Covid-19, GPs continue to see patients for non-Covid related services where necessary, albeit with infection-control measures in place. Nurse and doctor advice is provided over the phone where appropriate, and patients who are clinically assessed as requiring a face to face consultation with a doctor are referred for an appointment.

Where a face to face consultation is necessary, including those for non-clinical matters, this should be discussed between the GP or GP practice and the person concerned. The National Driver Licence Service provides advice on the requirements for medical reports for licence applications, which must be completed by a registered medical practitioner.