3 November 2022
An Independent Medical Ombudsman is needed to bring fairness into UK CAA’s medical appeals, according to a scientific paper.
The paper was researched and written by Professor David Warnock-Smith of Buckinghamshire New University and an air transport consultant, and Jordan Penning, Operations Controller at Air Charter Service.
David Warnock-Smith said, “Using qualitative 2021 data, we found that there is consensual agreement amongst experts and stakeholders for the introduction of more independence into the UK CAA medical appeals process.”
Highlights of the long and detailed paper include:
“The results revealed compelling evidence that the current CAA process is not as clear, fair, or transparent as it could be with only 21% stating yes to all three elements, lower than views on the currently published CASA and FAA processes, with 83% and 75% supporting them as they are respectively,” says the paper.
The full paper, titled A critical analysis of the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s medical appeals process: Assessing the need for an independent medical ombudsman, is available to read and download as a pdf here.