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Dr Wendy Chapman, 46, the doctor at the centre of the Harlequins 'Bloodgate' scandal, has been summoned to appear before a General Medical Council misconduct hearing in Manchester on August 23.

Chapman is alleged to have deliberately cut the lip of the Harlequins wing Tom Williams to cover up the use of a fake blood capsule in their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leinster on April 12, 2009.

The GMC Fitness to Practice hearing, which is expected to last two weeks, will also consider allegations that Chapman made statements to "deceive others that the injury occurred on the field".

Chapman is also accused of failing to inform a subsequent European Rugby Cup disciplinary hearing that she had caused the injury to Williams' lip. The GMC alleges that Chapman's conduct "was likely to bring the profession into disrepute and was dishonest" and if found guilty she could be struck off.

Williams was provided with the blood capsule by Harlequins physiotherapist Steph Brennan, on the instructions of then Director of Rugby Dean Richards. The intention was to engineer a blood-replacement in order to get fly-half Nick Evans, a specialist kicker, back onto the field in an attempt to win the game. In the end, Leinster held on to win the match 6-5.

Richards was given a three-year ban by the ERC disciplinary panel after it emerged he had faked blood injuries on five occasions, while the club were fined £259,000. Williams had a one-year suspension reduced to four months on appeal after providing the hearing with fresh evidence, which exposed an alleged cover-up.

In evidence he gave to the ERC appeals hearing, Williams said he asked Chapman to cut his lip because the incident had aroused the suspicions of match officials and the Leinster medical staff. Williams' evidence also claimed that he had initially agreed to say he cut his own mouth because Chapman was "concerned about the impact it could have on her career if it came out she had cut my lip".

Williams continued: "In order to protect her, we agreed that in the event the story of the fake injury was exposed I would say I cut my own lip." Chapman was not present at the ERC appeals hearing and so the panel reserved judgement.

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Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:17 pm
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the bitch deserves to be struck off. :thefinger: :thumbdown:


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Quins are cheating xxxxards and anyone associated with that grimmy episode when they tried to cheat Leinster out of the HC can rot, strike her off......

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I feel for her. Even in the testimony of the others it sounds like she was pressurised and didn't want to do it. In rugby terms she wasn't responsible, she was following orders. However she will be judged by the medical council and she has to take responsibility for her own actions. Career ruined because of a pathetic attempt at cheating by Richards. What really annoys me is that the winger in his testimony forced her to do it and then grasses her up, and whether she cut him or he cut himself was an irrelevant detail in the cheating episode, except he wanted to ensure he was portrayed as a victim, what a knob.

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Dewi Thomas wrote:
I feel for her. Even in the testimony of the others it sounds like she was pressurised and didn't want to do it. In rugby terms she wasn't responsible, she was following orders. However she will be judged by the medical council and she has to take responsibility for her own actions. Career ruined because of a pathetic attempt at cheating by Richards. What really annoys me is that the winger in his testimony forced her to do it and then grasses her up, and whether she cut him or he cut himself was an irrelevant detail in the cheating episode, except he wanted to ensure he was portrayed as a victim, what a knob.


Exactly the little twat that bit the capsule and winked gets a couple of months and a slap on the wrist, Richards gets a few years ban, she (potentilally) gets struck off and can't practice again. *fupping* ludicrous, though I do understand her obligations under the hypocratic oath (no puns please) :wink:


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She won't get struck off, but she's guilty as hell and deserves whats coming (but I agree that being struck off is a step too far.

She was a part of the cover up as much as anyone else, she had her choice and she made it - and continued to make it long after she cut the lip of the player.

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She'll get a bollocking, (maybe 3 month suspension?) be told not to do it again, blah, blah etc. However, she will have a defence of 'employer pressure' which will no doubt make the Quins look even worse, especially when she itemises the elements of refusal and eventually caved-in under threat of dismissal which would have gone on her record etc!!
Whatever, she will be the scapegoat when it's pointed-out that she was the 'key' to making the scam work and gave it credibility!!

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Dewi Thomas wrote:
I feel for her. Even in the testimony of the others it sounds like she was pressurised and didn't want to do it. In rugby terms she wasn't responsible, she was following orders. However she will be judged by the medical council and she has to take responsibility for her own actions. Career ruined because of a pathetic attempt at cheating by Richards. What really annoys me is that the winger in his testimony forced her to do it and then grasses her up, and whether she cut him or he cut himself was an irrelevant detail in the cheating episode, except he wanted to ensure he was portrayed as a victim, what a knob.



Dewi, If you go and pressurise your local doctor for some illegal drugs I am sure he/she will feel strongly enough pressureised to give them to you. :)


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Dewi Thomas wrote:
I feel for her. Even in the testimony of the others it sounds like she was pressurised and didn't want to do it. In rugby terms she wasn't responsible, she was following orders. However she will be judged by the medical council and she has to take responsibility for her own actions. Career ruined because of a pathetic attempt at cheating by Richards. What really annoys me is that the winger in his testimony forced her to do it and then grasses her up, and whether she cut him or he cut himself was an irrelevant detail in the cheating episode, except he wanted to ensure he was portrayed as a victim, what a knob.



Dewi, If you go and pressurise your local doctor for some illegal drugs I am sure he/she will feel strongly enough pressureised to give them to you. :)


Bri, don't get me wrong, I think she has to face the consequences. The analogy would be the doctors boss putting pressure on her though! My main point was that the little toe rag dragged her into the farce, pressurised her, said he would say he did it himself, then grassed her up. What a knob.

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I agree with you Dewi but we have to remember her job with Quins was probably a part time ( I don't really know) She probably has a nice practice and is her OWN boss. If she is the only one left that hasn't been punished, then they should hit her hard. :thumbright:


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The biggest douche in this mess was Tom Williams and he has got off very lightly.
Don't get me wrong, he was following orders and should be seen as a victim, but this isn't the first time blood capsules were used - it was just very flupping obvious because of him.
Looking at it after the incident, it was a ridiculous thing to happen and they deserve all they got - BUT many before them got away with it and I really think that the likes of Dean Richards have been hung out to dry and that much of the (playing and coaching) rugby world have been quiet on the subject because they know it isn't an isolated incident.


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The matchday doctor at the centre of the 'Bloodgate' fake rugby injury scandal was told on Tuesday she can practise medicine again.

Dr Wendy Chapman cut the lip of Harlequins winger Tom Williams to cover up a bogus blood injury and later lied about her role in the event.

A General Medical Council (GMC) disciplinary panel ruled Dr Chapman's fitness to practise was not impaired despite her actions, which it said were not in the best interests of her patient.

She was suspended by the GMC last September and could have been struck off at the hearing in Manchester.

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she's had 11 months without pay (as she was suspended without pay) and she won't be eligible for sports work again, and that's enough I think

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she's had 11 months without pay (as she was suspended without pay) and she won't be eligible for sports work again, and that's enough I think

Agreed. I don't know what level she is at, but at a minimum that's £40K (after tax) I would think, possibly as much as £80K to £100K.

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Dewi Thomas wrote:
CymraegJanner wrote:
she's had 11 months without pay (as she was suspended without pay) and she won't be eligible for sports work again, and that's enough I think

Agreed. I don't know what level she is at, but at a minimum that's £40K (after tax) I would think, possibly as much as £80K to £100K.


Totally agree with CJ, in that enough, is enough, is enough! In reply to Dewi, I doubt very much, she would get anywhere close to 40k for this kind of work? I may be wrong but, outside of an International match, there is usually, just one Doctor (the home club's medic) along with support staff which would include nursing, paramedic and first-aiders as part of the setup. The financial benefit of match-day duty is relatively small, I would guess in the range of £4 - £11k per annum. What does boost earnings, is usually, the fact that the medic will also, probably be the team's (consultant-position) Consultant, on a private, insurance-backed scheme. That, could elevate earnings to quite formidable levels? Probably no more though, than any Consultant gets from patient's on a private basis! (which either way, boosts salary per annum hugely!) I didn't see anything reported, that she has lost that part?
I also agree with others though, that for me, in the case of Dean Richards, a life-ban with a 5 - 10 year review, would have been better than the slap on the wrist he actually got!
In the case of Williams, his subsequent behaviour, smacks of self-preservation at any cost! He needed to 'come-clean' of course, though the elaboration he provided went way above what anyone would have reasonably expected!! Who next? The physician who stitched the lip perhaps?

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