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There are 2 issues here:

1. Payment (recompense) for effectively being on duty

2. Authority for the Dr/Nurse to treat based on the legal jurisdiction & position of the aircraft.

I admire Dr’s & Nurses for putting their hands up to offer help, but unless they are protected i.e. the airline confirm they are authorizing them to treat the patient, I think they must be crazy to help.

There is a recent case of a Dr who was arrested in UAE whilst in transit and charged with manslaughter….

OK – he was not treating a patient in an aeroplane, but this does highlight the perils…

The airlines should SUPPORT a volunteer medic, working on one of their airlines BEFORE the medic agrees to treat.

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