Doctors should be tested for alcohol and drugs
- By: Kay Brennan
Doctors should be tested for alcohol and drugs Kay Brennan University of Westminster, London Medical students have voted to recommend that doctors and other health professionals should be subject to random alcohol and drug testing at work.
The medical students, attending a conference of the BMA's Medical Student Committee (MSC), strongly believed that those who deliver direct patient care should not be exempt from spot checks for alcohol and drugs, which are routine for many other occupations including the police force and airline pilots.
The BMA and other medical organisations, including the Medical Council on Alcoholism, the Society of Occupational Medicine, and the General Medical Council, published a report in 1998 into the misuse of alcohol and other drugs by doctors. It estimated that as many as one in 15 doctors in the UK suffers from some form of alcohol or drug dependence during their lifetime.
Joseph Footitt, chairman of