Disease of professionals, Confprofessioni presses for recognition

15/12/2021 – “Guaranteeing the right to health of professionals is an act of civilization that Parliament can no longer evade”.

Thus begins the president of Confprofessioni, Gaetano Stella, exhorting the parliamentary groups of the Chamber and Senate, the members of the Senate Budget Commission and all the leaders of the political forces to approve the amendment to the 2022 Budget Law, presented by Andrea de Bertoldi (Brothers of Italy), containing ‘Provisions for the suspension of the expiry of the terms relating to the obligations to be borne by the freelancer in the event of illness or injury’.

“The amendment – explains Stella – represents a concrete opportunity for fill a legislative vacuum that has been expected for too many years from the world of freelancers. On the suspension of the terms relating to the obligations for professionals, we have already registered a consensus across all sides in the case of Covid-19 disease “.

“It is now about extend the discipline to all conditions in which the professional falls ill or suffers an injury, also to protect taxpayers who would face sanctions in the event that the professional could not carry out his work due to illness or injury. We trust in the sensitivity of the entire political class, so that the suspension of the terms of the obligations for professionals is finally a law of our system, as is expected from a civilized country “.

The amendment tries to introduce the contents of a bill presented in the Senate by de Bertoldi himself into the 2022 Budget Law, which began its process in Parliament a year ago and who has undergone a setback due to lack of financial coverage. Subsequent requests from professionals to rapidly approve the law have not had any effect; therefore, now Senator de Bertoldi has promoted the amendment.

Similarly to what is proposed by the bill, the amendment provides that, in the event of hospitalization due to serious illness or injury or surgery, home care instead of hospitalization, which entails a temporary inability to exercise professional activity, no responsibility will be attributed to the professional and the client for the expiry of the terms in favor of the Public Administration for the fulfillment of a service in the 60 days following the occurrence of the event (they were 30 days in the bill). The same applies in the case of premature birth or termination of pregnancy, but for 30 days.

I terms relating to the obligations are suspended from the day of admission to hospital or the start of home care up to 30 days (they were 45 in the bill) after discharge from the health facility or the conclusion of home care.

To make the suspension effective, the practitioner must isend by registered letter with return receipt or certified e-mail to the public administration copy of the professional mandates and a medical certificate issued by the health facility or by the attending physician. The bill provided that the professional would send these documents to his Order, which would have forwarded them to the PA.

In case of death of the professional, the terms relating to the obligations are suspended for 6 months, provided that, within 30 days of death, the client sends the professional mandate to the PA.

Like the bill, the amendment provides that the PA may request the ASLs to carry out checkups towards those who request the application of the suspension of obligations.

The amendment provides that the charges deriving from the proposed provisions, equal to 24 million euros from 2022, are covered by the ‘Fund for non-deferrable needs’. The provision of financial coverage is a novelty: in the bill it had not been indicated and this had led to the rejection by the State Accounting Office.

Source: Le ultime news dal mondo dell'edilizia by www.edilportale.com.

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