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Posted : March 10, 2014
Why do we not impose mandatory medicals for ALL divers just as I have recently experienced in the Canaries. This cost 20 Euros and was reasonably basic and last for 2 years. Surely this would be good in the UK too?

Posted : March 11, 2014
Good question! Some countries have been doing this for some time, but I don't know of any evidence that they pick up any more problems than the targetted questionnaire approach. In the absence of access to medical records (which is usually the case), both methods still rely on the honesty and trustworthiness of the candidate diver, which cannot always be assumed.

The arguments for and against medical screening of divers have raged on for decades and there is no easy answer; in my view, any change to existing procedures needs to be backed up by good quality evidence, which as I've mentioned, is currently lacking.

Regards, Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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Posted : March 11, 2014 by - Fine Wine
Thank you and as you say a lots is reliant on the honesty and trustworthiness of the diver but this is two fold; firstly the owe this much to themselves, family and oh the dive buddy. Secondly as I said originally the check up was quite basic, with BP, pulse ENT check and listening to breathing, then asked about wieght.
Well this all seems pretty straightforward and if some of these checks raised a concern with e.g. High BMI then surely a referral to a'specialist' dive medic would resolve any doubt.
I believe that most clubs/ organisations should push for this, what does anyone think???
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