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Letter: Nurses need to support patients over driving issues

Janet Sumner

I write in response to the article ‘Diabetic drivers: get up to date with the new regulations’ (Vol 2, No 1, p9). I would like to urge all diabetes nurses and other health care professionals, not just to be aware of these regulations but to support their patients in a practical way, taking the role of patient advocate to fight this ruling.

A note of support has been received from Dr Evan Harris, Liberal Democrat MP, Oxford West, stating ‘It is doubtful that the new restrictions will add anything to road safety. They will certainly result in job losses’.

The Prime Minister has been asked ‘if the decision on the new regulations was based on statistical evidence of increased accidents’. The reply was, ‘The Prime Minister could not point to any such evidence.’

As nurses we are constantly urged to use evidence-based practice. Perhaps we should encourage our politicians to take the same medicine. Write today!

I write in response to the article ‘Diabetic drivers: get up to date with the new regulations’ (Vol 2, No 1, p9). I would like to urge all diabetes nurses and other health care professionals, not just to be aware of these regulations but to support their patients in a practical way, taking the role of patient advocate to fight this ruling.

A note of support has been received from Dr Evan Harris, Liberal Democrat MP, Oxford West, stating ‘It is doubtful that the new restrictions will add anything to road safety. They will certainly result in job losses’.

The Prime Minister has been asked ‘if the decision on the new regulations was based on statistical evidence of increased accidents’. The reply was, ‘The Prime Minister could not point to any such evidence.’

As nurses we are constantly urged to use evidence-based practice. Perhaps we should encourage our politicians to take the same medicine. Write today!

REFERENCES:

Sheppard D (1998) Diabetic drivers: get up to date with the new regulations. Journal of Diabetes Nursing 2(1): 9

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