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Doctors fear prosecution in approving over-75 drivers

THE Cyprus Medical Association has objected to government plans to punish doctors who may issue competence certificates to elderly people who want to renew their licences.

The CMA said it had several meetings with officials at the health, justice and transport ministry who are drafting a bill that will require anyone over the age of 75 to undergo annual medical tests in order to have their driving licence renewed.

Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou was previously quoted as saying “if doctors fail to do the test and issue a certificate without conducting the test, they will be committing a criminal offence” which the CMA said it targets doctors and does not solve the problem nor does it reduce the risk of nepotism.

“It is inappropriate and unproductive that the state is looking for ways to prosecute doctors that examine elderly citizens,” it said and rather than punish doctors, there should be more rules in place to prevent people from being able to wrongly receive a certificate from a doctor they might know or bribe.

One way of combating this would be implementing a series of tests through different doctors such as requiring a visit to a pathologist, followed by an ophthalmologist and so forth in order to issue a medical certificate.

The CMA’s statement was also jabbing state officials for meeting and discussing the matter in their absence, about which they found out through the media.

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