An MP and former Labour minister is calling for sports injury sufferers to get their own Health and Safety Executive (HSE)-style watchdog.
Alan Campbell’s plan follows criticisms on the way the case of a paralysed rugby union player in his area was handled.
National sporting governing bodies are usually responsible for safety in their games. But they need to safeguard their insurers when they investigate serious sporting injuries, Mr Campbell claims making them open to the charge of lacking independence.
He says that a safety watchdog would give sports players the mechanism to independently investigate cases, leading to improved safety.
Rugby injury left man in wheelchair
Mr Campbell described the rugby injury suffered by then Durham University student Steven Cox as catastrophic.
Nearly a decade ago, Mr Cox suffered life-changing back injuries after two of his vertebrae were crushed during a scrum on the rugby field. He now has to use a wheelchair as he is no longer able to use his limbs.
Mr Campbell says a sports-specialising HSE-style watchdog would make investigations into injuries such as those sustained by Mr Cox more independent.
Tracey Crouch the Sports Minister gave a positive reply to the Tynemouth MP. She says Baroness Grey-Thompson, the former Paralympian, will investigate the idea and talk to Mr Cox himself.
Ian Ritchie, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) chief executive, will also chat with Mr Cox. He says Mr Campbell’s idea is one worth considering.
Source: Durham Times
Date Published: February 4, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown