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Massive deficit in Players’ Injury Benefit Fund

Statistics for the Players’ Injury Benefit Fund outlined in the Tyrone Secretary’s annual report to Convention show a massive deficit in what was paid out compared to what was brought in.

Funding to Tyrone clubs for the reimbursement of medical treatment and loss of earnings of their players totalled 389K euros approximately in 2019, but the subscriptions made amounted to 233K euros.

Mr Dominic McCaughey cautions to delegates that as long as this scale of a deficit remains in place, ‘there will be loadings attached to those units which contribute significantly to the deficit’.

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Tyrone GAA – Clubs and County – registered a total of 518 youth and adult teams in 2019 and submitted 245 injury claims; 158 claims were successfully processed during this period of time, although a small percentage of these were initiated in an earlier year.

Mr McCaughey adds: “Only six clubs were fortunate to suffer no injuries to their players that required support from this Fund. It is worth noting that almost all claims are now being properly registered and processed using the online facility provided by the administrators.

“Of those claims that are rejected, the most common issues remaining are, the claim not being registered within sixty days of the injury occurrence, or the claimant or his team not being registered by the appropriate deadline in advance of incurring the injury.

“Frequent delays in the processing of injury claims are due to the injury not having been recorded by the match referee in his report; this must be done, in addition to the referee recording the substitution of the injured player.

“In the past few weeks we have learned that there is a change in the administrators of the Injury Benefit Fund; it is their intention to develop the registration portal so that the whole claims’ process becomes paperless. It is also planned that there will be detailed reporting available to Clubs and that all benefits will be paid directly to Clubs’ in respect of their injured players rather than being issued through the County Office.”

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