UK MCA issues Merchant Shipping Notice
The UK MCA has issued Merchant Shipping Notice regarding medcal care and ship’s doctor. The notice sets the qualifying criteria for a medical practioner to work as a ship’sdoctor on a UK ship, as specifed under regulation 4 and regulation 47 of theMerchant Shiping (Maritme Labour Convention) (Minimum Requirements for Seafarers etc.) Regulations 2014.
A medical practioner, refered to in this notice as a “ship’s doctor”, must be carried on any ship carying 100 or more persons on an international voyage of 72 hours duration or longer.
|To work as a ship’s doctor on a UK ship, a medical practioner who is ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom must be fuly registered with the General Medical Council, and either|
– the doctor must hold a licence to practise; or
– the doctor must
(a) have a god command of the English language; and(
b) participate in a revalidation programme that ensures maintenance of theirmedical skils
To work as a ship’s doctor on a UK ship, a medical practioner who is not ordinarilyresident in the United Kingdom must be fuly qualifed to practice in the country where theyare ordinarily resident, and in aditon the doctor must
– be qualifed from one of the medical schols listed in the Avicena Directory;
– have a god command of the English language; and
– participate in a revalidation programme that ensures maintenance of their medical skils
Source: UK MCA / MSN 1841