Belfast Telegraph

Man charged with attacking Newry hospital staff

A 27-year-old man has been charged with attacking medics at Daisy Hill hospital in Newry.

A doctor and nurse were struck during the incident in the accident and emergency (A&E) department on Monday evening.

The suspect has been charged with common assault, disorderly behaviour and criminal damage.

He is due to appear in court next month.

Sergeant Patrick Dougan, from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, said: "Doctors, nurses and staff at our hospitals are extremely busy dealing with a high volume of admissions to their A&E departments.

"The last thing they need is a disruptive patient who has a total disregard for all, tying up valuable medical resources and causing additional distress to patients and families there for a medical emergency.

"Police ask that people think before they drink, act responsibly around alcohol and respect those that provide care in our hospitals."

The charges are subject to review by the Public Prosecution Service.

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