A Doctor’s Duty of Care When Attending a Football Game

Joint Statement by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK (FSEM) and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM):

When the medical team, at any level of football, are requested to attend a player by the referee, it is their absolute duty of care to attend and assess the player. This is governed by standards of medical practice issued by the General Medical Council (GMC). A club official should have no say in this matter and the stage of the game has no relevance on the decisions of the medical team acting within the GMC code of practice. To discourage a doctor’s duty of care to an athlete shows a disregard for player welfare and good medical practice. It is important that all responsible bodies continue to engage with the medical profession in order to establish this principal across all levels of the game.

Both organisations are supportive of the statement made by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) with regard to physiotherapists attending football games.

This statement can also be viewed on the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine website.

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