Genoa – With the summer season already started “there is a risk that many ships cannot reach their destinations, because they were forced to remain in port due to a lack of on-board doctors. “The alarm was raised by the shipowners’ associations (Confitarma and Assarmatori) together with the national association of on-board doctors (Medibordo).
Trade organizations ask for “the urgent adoption of the necessary derogations to this inefficient system and the contextual convening of the maritime health table already set up at the Ministry of Health to overcome this anti-historical legislation which must necessarily be modified “.
The professional figure of the ship’s doctor, explains a note, is included in the “minimum armament table” of the passenger ships, i.e. in the minimum number of compulsory professional qualifications on board to be able to navigate, and is therefore necessary and essential to carry out the maritime connection services.
“For years the shipping associations have complained about the structural numerical insufficiency of these professional figures caused by incomprehensible barriers to entry to the profession imposed by a system, it can no longer guarantee the effective organization of the on-board health service “.
According to the shipowners, this structural deficiency, which in the past was dealt with using “the few and in any case inadequate exceptions allowed by the legislation, has now been added to the serious health emergency caused by the pandemic which rightly forced the government to concentrate all his efforts on the vaccination campaign in progress “.