Premier League Doctors’ Group has Condemned Jose Mourinho

The Jose vs Eva fight has gone one step further after the denouncement by Premier League Doctor’s Group. After the draw against Swansea City, Jose Mourinho claimed that the main physiotherapist of Chelsea, Eva Carneiro has a lot of faults behind the draw. At the same time, he said that as a doctor, she should know the game.

However, this small contention has topped up every other previous blaming made by The Special One for defeating. Anyway, now, it has become a serious issue between Mourinho and Eva Carneiro since several Doctors’ groups have come forward to support her. At the same time, those associations have denounced Chelsea’s coach, Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho’r Decision to Change the Role of Eva Carneiro is “Unjust”

Mourinho’r Decision to Change the Role of Eva Carneiro is “Unjust”

Obviously, a coach can ask the club doctors to interchange their role so that everyone can come to know about the better physiotherapist. But, Jose Mourinho cannot blame a club doctor for a draw against a team like Jose Mourinho. Nevertheless, the Professional Footballers’ Association has come forward to support the Chelsea’s doctor. As per them and several other medical groups for football clubs, Mounrinho’s decision to change the role of Eva Carneiro is “unjust”.

The coach has already asked the club authority to sack the doctor but the Blues are not thinking like that. But, Eva has been replaced by some doctor in the upcoming match, which is going to play against Manchester City.

She will not be in the bench, as per the source.

Some people think that the actual reason behind this argument is the indirect reply of Eva to Mourinho on her Facebook account. But, that should be an issue since her update was as follows,

I would like to thank the general public for their overwhelming support. Really very much appreciated. (Source)

Mourinho’r Decision to Change the Role of Eva Carneiro is “Unjust”

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The Premier League Doctors’ Group is already playing a vital role to support her continuously. They have stated that,

Doctors working for Premier League teams and attending matches in a professional capacity are bound by the same professional and ethical boundaries as any other doctor practicing in the United Kingdom.

The General Medical Council issue clear guidelines on good medical practice that need to be met in order for a doctor to maintain a licence to practice and satisfy the criteria for professional revalidation every five years. Maintenance of the duty of care from the doctor to the patient is fundamental to these guidelines, even when the patient is a footballer playing in a Premier League game.

The Premier League Doctor’s Group considers that removing Dr Eva Carneiro from the Chelsea team bench for their next match is unjust in the extreme. In the publicised incident in last Saturday’s game against Swansea, the Chelsea medical staff were clearly summoned on to the field of play by the match referee to attend to a player. A refusal to run onto the pitch would have breached the duty of care required of the medical team to their patient.

It is a huge concern that Dr Carneiro has been subjected to unprecedented media scrutiny and a change in her professional role, merely because she adhered to her code of professional conduct and did her job properly.

Dr Carneiro has universal and total support from her medical colleagues at the Premier League Doctors Group. It is also of great concern that at a time when the both the Premier League and the Premier League Doctors group are intensifying efforts to safeguard player welfare, the precedent set by this incident demonstrates that the medical care of players appears to be secondary to the result of the game.

Much progress has been made in the provision of pitch side medical care for Premier League players over the last 10 years. This incident highlights that there is more work to be done, with a pressing need to further establish and highlight the explicit role of a Premier League doctor with our colleagues at the LMA and PFA.

On another statement, they have said

If a player sustains or appears to sustain an injury and indicates that he needs assistance it is the duty of the referee to permit medical assessment and evaluation to be provided.

At that moment, the player becomes a patient of the medical team and it is the duty and obligation of Club medical staff to attend to that patient accordingly and without prejudice to the interests of anyone else including the Club employing them.

The Football Medical Association fully supports the actions of our members and colleagues in this incident who acted with integrity and professionalism at all times, fully consistent of the rules of the game and in full accordance with that duty of care to their patient. Factors extraneous to the immediate medical needs of the patient (such as the stage and state of the game) cannot be part of their consideration at such time.

Not only from Premier League, but also they have got support from PFA. On a statement, PFA said,

The health and safety of our members is of paramount importance and the need, when required, for prompt assessment and treatment is critical in ensuring this.

The player and the referee are the initial judges as to whether treatment is required and the matter is then the responsibility of the highly qualified and trained medical staff.

This protocol has worked successfully in past seasons and we can see no justifiable reason to move away from this.