18:44 / 04.07.2022.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Doctors opposed to government's proposed changes to the Traffic Safety Act

Health Minister Vili Beroš

Health Minister Vili Beroš

Foto: Slavko Midzor / PIXSELL

According to government’s proposed changes to the Traffic Safety Act doctors will be responsible for revoking driver’s licenses from patients who are not fit to drive. The move has been met with opposition from some doctors.

A round table on changes to the Health Care Act was organized by the Health Ministry on Monday. The focus of discussion was on the proposed inclusion of family medicine doctors in the emergency services, and the role of doctors in the proposed Traffic Safety Act. However, four of the six primary health care associations invited to attend the round table, rejected the Ministry's invitation.


"This kind of law, without an ordinance, is all but impossible to implement. If the law takes force tomorrow without an ordinance, then effectively every patient that comes to the emergency ward will have a condition that is incompatible with driving," said Dr. Marko Radža, the President of the Croatian Association of Family Medicine.


Health Minister Vili Beroš responded by accusing the associations that did not attend the round table of opting to communicate through the media instead of contributing to the dialogue on the issue. He also said that the goal of the changes is to amend previous shortcomings: "This administration has recognized existing inconsistencies that previously ended in tragedy. Our task, my task, is to fix that."


Meanwhile, the opposition MOST Party, opposes the proposed changes to the health sector, noting that Croatia already has a deficit of trained doctors, and that further burdening them with emergency care work will leave no one to tend to their patients. MOST also opposes government's proposal to amend the Traffic Safety Act, saying that it will transform doctors into police officers. MOST Party President Božo Petrov: "If this law passes, doctors are obliged to revoke patient's driver's licenses with two clicks of their mouse. The Road Safety Law literally transforms doctors into the police, and this legislative proposal is directly at odds with the Law on the Protection of Patient's Rights and the Health Care Law itself."


Source: HRT

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