A new law in Italy, aimed at reducing the number of medical workers who have to stay at home during travel, has led to a wave of cancellations and restrictions in recent months.
A new bill by Italy’s conservative government was approved by the Senate on Wednesday, and it will now go to the lower house for approval.
The new law will allow the government to impose travel restrictions in certain parts of Italy.
“I think it will make it difficult for doctors to get to certain parts,” said Maria Doria, a member of the governing center-right Democratic Party, who represents parts of Rome and Bologna.
Doctors in the capital, Rome, will be able to travel to parts of northern Italy and the southern provinces of Lombardy and Puglia, but will be restricted in the rest of the country.
Other cities in the country, such as Florence and Naples, will remain unaffected by the law.
Some of Italy’s largest cities, such Venice, Milan and Rome, have experienced a spate of hospital closures and a decline in admissions.
The government says that some people are taking their own lives in hospitals, but a survey by the health ministry in September showed that most doctors and nurses in the Italian capital were concerned about the new law.
The law allows for hospital closures to be imposed for up to 90 days if there are “unusual circumstances” that affect health or safety, such an attack on an ambulance, an explosion, a terrorist attack or a mass grave.
Health workers who are in a building without a safe, secure location can be fined up to 500 euros ($550) and have their work permits revoked.
The measure was approved after doctors and health workers in the cities of Bolognese, Florence and Milan raised concerns that the restrictions would put them at risk.
“They’re going to need to be very careful because they don’t have the equipment, they don,t have the space to keep the equipment in their offices,” said Dr. Gianluca Fagioli, a health worker who lives in Bolognia.
“And it’s going to be a big burden.”
In Italy, the government has previously proposed a bill that would require hospitals to provide health workers with a safety net to keep them in the building.
In July, the Italian government announced it would allow doctors and other health workers to keep their medical training if they were staying at home for more than three months.
The previous law had been put in place for a period of three years, but Italy has been hit by a string of recent attacks, including the November 2014 killing of the Italian nurse and his partner.
In March, a gunman killed a medical student in the southern city of Liguria.
And in November, two nurses at a nearby hospital were killed in an attack that authorities blamed on Islamic State militants.
The attacks have sparked a wave in Italy of anger and frustration among doctors and hospital workers.
A group of doctors staged a demonstration outside the hospital where the hospital gunman, Giuliano Marazzi, was shot and killed.
They are now demanding a government investigation into the attacks and the deaths.