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The UK Equalities Act of 2010 made questions related to any medical conditions or current illness illegal in the candidate selection process.
Simply put, you can not ask a candidate health questions at a job interview.
A pre-employment medical, and/or drug test was viewed to be discriminatory by the Act.
An employer, after a job offer is made can ask the soon to be employed candidate to take part in a “pre-placement” medical which can include a drug test. If the candidate is found to have a drug “issue” or medical condition, then there is an expectation for the new employer to make an accommodation. If this is not possible then the job offer may be withdrawn.