Maritime and Coastguard Agency appoints new chief medical adviser

Posted on March 3, 2022 at 2:28 p.m. by

The Maritime Executive

[By: Maritime and Coastguard Agency]

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has recruited a new chief medical adviser to continue its vital work of promoting and improving the health of seafarers.

Dr Sue Stannard takes on the wide-ranging role, which includes managing MCA-certified doctors around the world, who are in turn responsible for issuing seafarers with statutory medical certificates to go to sea.

With time at sea as a ship’s doctor under her belt, a previous role as the first UK-based medical director for Carnival UK and a passion for applying medicine outside of the usual hospital setting, Sue brings a wealth of experience to this role.

She said: “Because of my background, I can defend both seafarers and shipping companies. Neither can exist without the other and the health of seafarers must be a top priority.

“I am really excited about this opportunity and have been very impressed so far with the vision of the organization and the team which is clearly very motivated.”

Sue will replace Dr Sally Bell, who is retiring after eight years with MCA, having been appointed in 2014.

Sally said: “I really enjoyed my time at MCA. Not only will I miss the staff I have had the good fortune to work with, but also our incredible team of worldwide licensed doctors who do so much to ensure that seafarers are healthy and their ships safe.

“It has been a privilege to work with so many people who take the health and welfare of seafarers so seriously.”

She will continue to work with the Federation of Independent Doctors, NHS England and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency Chief Executive Brian Johnson said: “I am delighted to have Sue join us in this role. She brings with her a wealth of cruise industry experience and enormous enthusiasm for her work.

“I wish Sally all the best for the future and am so grateful for her work over the years and for the support she has given us. She has had a huge impact on our health promotion work seafarers and this work leaves a lasting legacy on which we can continue to build.

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