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I think the general problem is several-fold:
1) generally, the majority of hobby GA pilots don't know what ORS4 documents are, so never look at them, so have no visibility of useful exemptions. (Unless they listen for a couple of minutes in my Masterclasses or read my (free) one page catch up sheet, http://www.higherplane.co.uk/bfr-ground.pdf - for example the blue highlit block in the middle (at time of writing))
2) according to feedback, not a lot of instructors do much to help in this respect when they meet pilots e.g. every 2 years if not more often
3) the authorities either believe the opposite of either 1 or 2 or both, or, think it should happen but not their problem.
4) even the minority that find out they can check http://www.caa.co.uk/ors4 for useful exemptions have to understand the title can say the opposite to the content. So if you look down the ors4 index http://www.caa.co.uk/ors4 and find 1283 and read the title not the content, you will believe holders of easa licences need an easa medical (or a national ppl) to fly easa aircraft and probably not open it... but the exemption once opened lets them use a medical declaration instead of an EASA medical
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AIUI it came in just after I had got a LAPL medical through my GP. Still it's worth keeping the declaration active as well, just in case, although if my GP wasn't happy I would probably not be either.

Wish it was all clearer, most pleasure flyers get into flying to fly, not be an amateur aviation lawyer. Thanks to Irv for helping.