FA to consider making ambulances compulsory at women’s football fixtures after game is abandoned

FA to consider making ambulances compulsory at women's football fixtures after game is abandoned

The EFL’s rules on crowd safety for the men’s game read: “Clubs shall ensure that they have in place appropriate arrangements for the provision of crowd doctors, paramedics, ambulances and other medical facilities together with appropriate emergency plans as are required under the terms of the safety certificate issued in accordance with the provisions of the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975.”

The safety criteria for grounds for the for the Women’s Super League and Championship are more closely aligned with the men’s National League, with both stating: “If a crowd of less than 2000 is anticipated, known and practiced arrangements should be in place to summon either a doctor or NHS ambulance alternative.” They must all provide a Medical Emergency Action Plan, or a MEAP, that covers “both training and competition match day medical emergencies.”

On Monday Charlton Women released an update on Kerr’s condition, which said: “Kerr was transferred to a local hospital by ambulance. After the results of a scan Charlotte has now left hospital. She has been left with badly bruised ribs and sternum. She will now be treated by the Charlton Athletic Women’s medical team who will assist her recovery.

“Medical teams from Charlton Athletic Women, Manchester United Women and the ambulance service were able to prevent a serious incident from becoming a lot worse.”

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