I have today sent a Letter
below to the Department of Health properly presented
and on headed letter.
If anyone would like to send
similar or copy and paste to their own MP to make
the case stronger then please do.
I will inform you of any
Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
I am contacting you in
reference to the HGV Driver Medicals as a
requirement for all Drivers over 45 and then every
five years following.
These Medicals were rightly
introduced for all drivers by legislation on the
grounds of Road Safety and anything that keeps our
roads safe are of major importance.
It has come to my attention
that some Doctors surgeries around the UK are
continually increasing the price for Drivers to
undergo these Medicals, my own Medical in 2015 cost
£90 for 15 minutes and some are charging as much as
There are private online
facilities now forming using Doctors on a side line
and charging just
£48.00 http://www.gettingamedical.co.uk/ so this
cost is reasonable but not available to many Drivers
in parts of the Country where they do not offer
If these private services
are able to offer Driver Medicals at just £48. Why
do Doctors in NHS Doctor Surgeries need to charge
extortionate prices for something that Drivers
require to keep their licence and as part of keeping
our roads safe?
Is it really justified that
Drivers need to use a day’s earnings just so he can
continue doing his job?
Could I request that you
might consider and look into legislation to
implement a fixed price Drivers Medical throughout
all NHS Doctor Surgeries?
The public know exactly what
they have to pay for a prescription, while when a
Driver needs to obtain his Medical by law to keep
his job, he has to start ringing different surgeries
to get quotes of prices or try to obtain online
services and these could well then be undertaken by
a Doctor that knows nothing about him or his
background other than what is on his records.
It is only right and
justified that all Drivers that need a medical are
treated fairly, when one is able to pay just £48
because he can obtain it online, while another in a
rural location has to pay £120 is not fair and
Drivers in the UK provide a
valuable service to the UK and as such should be
treated fairly and with due respect not used as
profit for NHS Doctor Surgeries.
All Government Dept.’s
should know about a looming Drivers shortage and
these extra cost to drivers are not helping to
If a private facility is
able to offer a Driver Medical at £48.00 with the
extra overhead cost.
Might I ask you consider
that all NHS Doctor Surgeries set Driver Medicals at
a fair price of £40.00 for all Drivers, so they know
exactly what they will need to pay out in the
I will post this letter sent
to you on my various media outlets and website
forums informing them of this enquiry and as such
will inform them of any reply received to keep them
informed as to whether you will look into this.
As each day goes by more
Drivers are paying out for Medicals so I request
this matter be considered in the short term.