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Old 30 September 2004, 10:20   #31
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If you read the definition and exemptions it specifically excludes ships and aircraft, unfortunately.
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Old 02 October 2004, 02:53   #32
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Help Required.

HELP!!

I have now been to my specialist and to my gp. I have not had one of these spontaneous hypos that the mca seem obsessed with for 13 years.

My GP specialist and licencing authority have all stated that I had no difficulty in conducting the business over the last season and that they saw and can see no circumstance where I could not perform my duty of care.

I have also looked into the Survival at sea course required to skipper a boat and this is the only measure for able or other skippers to prove that they can evacuate to and from a liferaft. naturally I passed this as well.

I am going to push this as far as possible is there and ammo that anyone can suggest? this is my list so far.

No hypos for 13 years,
passed all their standards no problem,
have letters from people who actually know my health and they say no problem,
Have actually done this business for solo (including launches )for over a year and have over 500 solo hours afloat.

anything else??
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Old 02 October 2004, 08:19   #33
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This all sounds very interesting. My workplace, which uses small boats, has said I can use them as the reason for pushing for a medical.
I also have a Sea Survival cert and medically am in the same position as yourself it seems.
I suppose I better get my A**e in gear and start the ball roling, ie put out the 60 odd quid for the medical as well.
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Old 05 October 2004, 08:18   #34
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.anything else??
thanks Mike
mmmmm let me think, have you jumped through a hoop of fire?

Is very frustrating though.
I can drive a front line ambulance (on blues and two and I do and have done since I was 21)
I can drive the Medical at a racing circuit. (and I do)
I can teach people to climb, lead hill walking and mountian walking parties.
Teach first aid and other medical stuff.
I join the police force, be a fireman, an ambulance man or even a first class radio salesman
I could, if I put my mind to it be a doctor but can I be a powerboat instructor? or hold a commercial endorsment?

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Old 05 October 2004, 08:58   #35
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I can drive a front line ambulance (on blues and two and I do and have done since I was 21)
As an IDDM, you can't drive on blues and two's or any other operational duties for the professional NHS paramedic services. I believe the same applies to the Fire service.

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Old 05 October 2004, 09:01   #36
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As an IDDM, you can't drive on blues and two's or any other operational duties for the professional NHS paramedic services. I believe the same applies to the Fire service.

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Yes I can, each case is taken and looked into.
I know of at least 3 IDDM working, on front line duties for an ambulance service.

Each service deals with it in a diff way.

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Old 05 October 2004, 09:09   #37
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The proviso being that you can't IF you are just starting out as you cannot drive a vehicle over 3500kg unless you can make a case that you were alreasy doing it and it is for work purposes.
I had licence group taken off me which meant I couldn't technically drive a 110 Landie unless I had it replated to 3499kg
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Old 05 October 2004, 09:13   #38
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The proviso being that you can't IF you are just starting out as you cannot drive a vehicle over 3500kg unless you can make a case that you were alreasy doing it and it is for work purposes.
I had licence group taken off me which meant I couldn't technically drive a 110 Landie unless I had it replated to 3499kg
Most ambulance now (van conversions) are less than 3500 fully kitted.
This is why there are so many about now.
Not for the diabetics but for the younger recruits.

The Renault Master conversion designed by the St John's and now copied by many County Ambulances Services was specifcally designed to be under 3500 fully kitted.

Us old gits do not have to worry about it.
If you can make a good case for needing it with back up paper work they will not remove it from your licence.

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Each service deals with it in a diff way.
Oh right. I didn't know that. Which NHS service have you driven on blues and twos for? I've only worked for one service(26 years + 8 in the Fire service)) but have been seconded to three others none of which allowed IDDM to work in the field. The insurance implications of a known IDDM suffering a hypo while driving a four ton vehicle at speeds exceeding 100mph are frightening.

But I do know how you feel as my crewmate and best friend of eight years walked in for the start of his shift at 8am one morning, informed the boss that he had been diagnosed as insulin dependent and thirty minutes later was removed from operations and sent to work in the control centre where he is to this day.

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Can't speak for the fire service.
Insurance companies are not allowed to load against diabetics and have not for many years.
With the change in the disability law last week the emergency services were targeted to allow diabetics, amoungst others, to work for them in an active role.
Only people who escaped were the armed forces.

There is no reason that a well controlled diabetic should not be able to perform as well as others.

Were I was first diagnosed back in '83 it was not as easy as it is now to have a good effective control.

Yes very frustrating!

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