It seems all a bit silly since its not enforceable, I would imagine, due to privacy concerns. I know I would not give "carte blanche" to discuss my medical issues to TC, company, shipmate, etc. at all - there is a fairly extensive protocol already in place to deal with medical fitness. Beyond that, I would consider it an invasion of privacy. I know seafarers are to be treated like "expendable numbered assets" without privacy or decency but really, this is silly.
Perhaps they should suggest a script on what information is required to be exchanged and with whom specifically. I don't think I personally would have issues with that, but it does not mean a professional seafarer might feel their privacy infringed while TC strikes up a conversation with whomever, about your medical perceived not issues. If there was a script then TC might have the ability to approach licensed medical practitioner and a simple yes or no answer to be given, as to whether or not the seafarer and their practitioner discussed suggested script. Other wise I could see some issues with the Privacy Commissioner.
Sounds like more CYA BS from bureaucrats, lawyers and the likes looking for one more avenue to blame seafarers and wash themselves "clean" in case of accidents.
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