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Taking the Sleep Apnoea Campaign Forward

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Meg Munn MP for Sheffield Heeley recently chaired a roundtable discussion in Westminster concerning the danger to road users of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. In attendance were a number of individuals, organisations and medical professionals involved in studying and tackling this serious condition.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a condition which causes sufferers to wake many times each night and consequently experience constant tiredness and exhaustion. This level of tiredness becomes lethal when driving and has been the cause of many road deaths. Medical experts believe that the most significant indicator is obesity and having a high Body Mass Index (BMI). Once OSA has been diagnosed it is relatively easy to treat and this improves the individual’s quality of life with immediate effect.

Meg has been raising awareness of OSA in drivers for several years after being contacted by a constituent in 2006. Toby Tweddell, aged 25, was tragically killed by a lorry being driven by someone with undiagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).

The meeting discussed various ways to take the campaign forward. The group plan to press the Transport Minister on issues relating to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), particularly questions surrounding the D4 medical examination form which must be completed by all Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) drivers. The group also wish to work with organisations across the trucking industry to raise awareness of the condition and get them to consider screening their drivers.

Meg says:

“Government have to take this issue seriously and promote a policy that ensures drivers operating large or heavy goods vehicles are screened for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea on a regular basis.

Companies like Allied Bakeries, who were represented at the meeting, are setting a fantastic example by raising awareness amongst their drivers of the dangers of this condition. So far 3% of approximately 1000 of their drivers have been successfully diagnosed with OSA and continue to work within the company following treatment.”

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