Doctors demand safeguards for treating players on pitch

Eva Carneiro

The Premier League Doctors’ Group has said safeguards need to be in place for team doctors treating players on the pitch following Eva Carneiro’s departure from Chelsea.

Carneiro has parted company with Chelsea in the wake of the incident on the opening day of the season when she was criticised by manager Jose Mourinho for going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard. She was removed from first-team duties and it is understood to be likely that she will launch a claim for constructive dismissal.

Dr Mark Gillett, chair of the Premier League Doctors’ Group, said her departure had been greeted with sadness and regret by her colleagues, and that the incident highlighted the need for safeguards and clarification of the role.

Gillett, who is director of performance at West Brom, said: “The news that Dr Eva Carneiro has left her position as first team doctor at Chelsea FC has been received by her colleagues in the Premier League Doctors’ Group with great sadness and considerable regret.

“She has continued to display the highest standards of professional conduct and personal integrity throughout an extremely challenging period for herself.

“This incident and the media attention given to it highlights the need to clarify and safeguard the doctor-patient relationship that exists between Premier League doctors and players.

“The Premier League Doctors’ Group will continue to impress these issues to all stakeholders in Premier League football and seek to ensure that the highest standards of assessment and treatment are applied irrespective of any match situation.”

Mourinho criticised Carneiro and head physiotherapist Jon Fearn as “impulsive and naive” after they went on to the pitch to treat Hazard — Chelsea were then temporarily reduced to nine men against Swansea as Hazard had to leave the field and Thibaut Courtois had already been sent off.

Chelsea travel to the north-east of England tomorrow and under-pressure Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is confident a single win would turn around a season which is threatening to spiral out of control.

The 54-year-old saw his fledgling reign at St James’ Park suffer another body blow on Wednesday when Sky Bet Championship side Sheffield Wednesday dumped the Magpies out of the Capital One Cup.

McClaren said: “Do we fear it? Do we say we don’t want to play in that? We have got to. We have got to get people ready for Saturday, ready to fight, and one result turns it around.

“You have got to say and you have got to believe — which I do — that could be Saturday.”


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