Latest News:

Opinions expressed on this message board are solely those of the individual author. No endorsement of such opinions by the editors, Sportnetwork or Sale Sharks can or should be inferred.

Report This Message
Are you sure you want to report this post?

Re: Club Statement: Cillian Willis
Posted by: H's D - Editor
Date: 08/01/2019 23:04
I suspect that doctors are contracted to provide a service: if they are sick they will still be required to provide a deputy to fulfill their obligations. That is a critical difference.
I also expect they do work elsewhere as well, so aren't really full-time employees.

Interesting in the light of "Bloodgate", in that case the club's Doctor/Physio seemed to cop for the biggest share of the blame/penalty as well.
Who do people blame for that incident in the cool light of day several years later?
Rugby culture, Club culture, DOR, coach, Doctor/Physio or player? Probably a combination of all of them?

In terms of the hypocratic oath, Doctors will always be liable with their professional bodies and probably under the law, no matter the nature of their employment.
An injured party usually has a choice on who to sue if a doctor is a full-time employee.
It's the same as for Vets. It's inherent in both our professions being permitted to self-govern.
Clubs really shouldn't employ Doctors; so that there is no opportunity for any pressure being exerted upon them or their clinical judgement. e.g. like Mourinho notoriously did in football.
I concur with aleshark, but am pretty sure the clubs still pay the club's doctors.
Any doctor worthy of the name should however completely focus on what's best for their patients health and well-being.
I expect that is the GMC's view.
Unfortunately not all doctors are exactly the same in their clinical judgment.

You may optionally give an explanation for why this post was reported, which will be sent to the moderators along with the report. This can help the moderator to understand why you reported the post.

We record all IP addresses on the Sportnetwork message boards which may be required by the authorities in case of defamatory or abusive comment. We seek to monitor the Message Boards at regular intervals. We do not associate Sportnetwork with any of the comments and do not take responsibility for any statements or opinions expressed on the Message Boards. If you have any cause for concern over any material posted here please let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing

Who is online?

Total users online:  

Most users online:  

Users on this site:  

Where are they?