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Man charged with attacking medical staff in Daisy Hill Hospital

Medical staff were attacked in the Newry hospital on Easter Monday
By Lesley-Anne McKeown, Press Association

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 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."


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