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Medic is suspended in Donegal over child slap claim

BY GREG HARKIN

A medical worker has been suspended from duty at a hospital in Donegal after an allegation that she smacked a four-year-old child in front of his mother.

The Health and Safety Executive in the Republic has confirmed that an investigation is under way into the alleged incident and gardai may become involved.

The child's mother claims the incident happened at Letterkenny General Hospital at the weekend.

She has made a statement claiming her child was slapped on the bottom.

The hospital confirmed the parent has made a formal complaint.

The medic has taken leave of absence while the investigation takes place.

"Letterkenny General Hospital is investigating a 'Trust in care' incident concerning a child who was attending the hospital, accompanied by its parent," said a spokeswoman.

The hospital also said that "in the interests of fairness and to ensure due process, the nature of any investigation is not discussed with third parties not associated with the alleged incident".

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