You might be right, but just as I wouldn't argue with you about the finer points of piloting, how many medical professionals will you overrule?
Look, I get it. With you as a pilot and me as a doctor, both of us serve as team leaders with people working under our leadership. When one of those people has a concern, my immediate prejudice is to take her side (in my work, it's usually a "she") and back her up. But sometimes she's wrong. So when I disagree, we have a chat like adults and come to an agreement on what's right. I'm ultimately responsible for the safety and well-being of my patients just as you are ultimately responsible for the safety and well-being of your passengers and crew. Sometimes, we have to exercise that responsibility in opposition to our staff. But one thing is for sure, my nurses and medical assistants trust me and understand that if I *do* ever overrule them, it's for a very good reason.
It is not what I think or another medical professional on the spot thinks, my job like any other crew members is to follow the established procedures. The procedures do not permit this sort of local over ride.
When I go for my medical assessment I cannot just go to any doctor, I have to go to one with specific aeromedical training and accreditation.
When we carry passengers or crew who are ill or just out of hospital they also get a clearance from a doctor who has this specific aeromedical training.
Along with that assessment comes any restrictions like do we have to carry additional oxygen for them, donthe need a medical escort, do they need a mobility escort.
We are limited to one person who requires an assistant per door, so on a 737 that might be 4.
This is not a case of a crew member ignoring medical advice, it is a case of a crew member following their required procedures.
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