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What is the meaning of the following sentence:
Pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit also pronounced itself against an exemption to doctor-patient confidentiality for pilots.
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Does it mean that pilot's union is not ready to accept to be exempted from doctor-patient confidentiality? or in other terms it implies that they do not want to be exempted.
I don't understand why it uses the verb "pronounced"? Is it OK to use "formally announced?"
Also the word "against" makes the meaning difficult for me.
For me it implies that the union does not agree the exemption.
You are right. Because of the recent plane crash in the Alps some people have been saying that the current doctor/patient confidentiality rules should not apply to pilots. They think that if a doctor knows that a pilot has a medical condition which might affect his/her ability to fly, the doctor should be allowed to tell the airline. At the moment, the doctor/patient confidentiality rules apply to everyone (with a few special exceptions which are not employment-related).
The pilots' union has said that they do not support a change to the current rules. They are against a change.
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