Belfast Telegraph

Patient is charged over attack at hospital

By Staff Reporter

Police have charged a man in connection with a drunken attack on a doctor and a nurse at Daisy Hill Hospital.

The 27-year-old allegedly struck out at the doctor and nurse as they attempted to treat him in the Newry hospital's A&E department on Monday night.

He was charged yesterday with common assault, disorderly behaviour and criminal damage and is due in court next month.

PSNI Sergeant Patrick Dougan said doctors, nurses and staff at our hospitals were 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," he said.

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

There have been more than 300 attacks on paramedics in Northern Ireland over the past 12 months.

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