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What do I need to do about blue badges for disabled drivers?


The blue badge scheme provides a range of parking concessions for disabled drivers. In application for a blue badge, our local authority is currently asking patients to provide

"evidence of a diagnosed medical condition/disability with supporting documentation from a medical practitioner."

This is commonly being understood by patients as "a letter from your doctor".

This work is outside of the scope of essential services and is not a statutory obligation. Consequently, GPs have a few options available to them in response to a request for evidence from a patient

1) Decline to provide information.
2) Provide a bespoke letter for the patient.
3) Provide the patient with a print out of a part of their medical record.
4) Signpost the patient to another clinician who may support them in their application (such as a hospital consultant).

Practices are eligible to levy an administrative charge for options 2 or 3.