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West Belfast doctor subjected to a torrent of abuse by a man believed to be intoxicated

The PSNI in west Belfast have voiced their disgust over an incident where a doctor was subjected to a torrent of abuse by a man who appeared to be intoxicated.

This incident took place on Friday at 3pm at a health centre on the Whiterock Road.

Children were understood to be present when the confrontation took place.

The PSNI were called to the scene and warned on a post about the incident on the West Belfast PSNI Facebook page that they take a zero tolerance approach towards the abuse of healthcare workers.

An officer posted: "This male was heavily intoxicated and decided that it would just make his Friday night to begin abusing Belfast Health and Social Care staff. All of this was done in front of individuals including children who were either waiting to be seen by the doctor or waiting to pick up prescriptions.

"This male gave a torrent of abuse especially to the Doctor who was on duty this evening. A person who’s only job is to care for members of the local community including this male if he was to fall ill. The male then went further and smashed the windows into the office area of the centre, causing fear and danger to the staff in the office. All because he wanted drugs."

The man was reported to have fled before the PSNI arrived at the scene, but officers arrested him just two streets away.

The post from the PSNI added: "When we say ZERO tolerance on abuse of BHSC staff we mean it. This behaviour is completely unacceptable and not condoned by us and I’m sure it’s not condoned by the local community either."

Meanwhile the Belfast Telegraph revealed last year that attacks on health service workers are on the rise across Northern Ireland, with more than 17 assaults reported every day.

Seventeen attacks every day on frontline medics in Northern Ireland  

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