Sunday 25 August 2019

Garda investigation launched after nurse injured in hospital assault

The staff member was assaulted in the Emergency Department of the hospital (stock photo)
The staff member was assaulted in the Emergency Department of the hospital (stock photo)

Cathal McMahon

A nurse was treated for a fractured knee cap after an assault in a busy hospital.

Gardaí have confirmed that officers from the Bridewell station are investigating the attack which took place at the Mercy University Hospital in Cork last Friday morning.

The nurse, who is in his mid 40s, suffered the injury after he fell during a struggle with a patient.

He was part of a hospital emergency response team, which included porters and security officers, and was injured as he attempted to restrain "an agitated patient" at approximately 8.50am.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) have criticised this latest attack and demanded prison terms for those who assault its members.

The INMO’s spokesman in Cork, Michael Dineen told the Irish Examiner: “The kind of behaviour that would not be tolerated on a public street on a Saturday night is becoming the norm in emergency departments."

“Not alone are they working in a difficult environment, but they are facing the daily reality of being assaulted, or of being subjected to verbal abuse."

A hospital spokesman told the paper that the MUH’s security arrangements, which include staff and static security systems and alarms, are under constant review, and were recently commended following a HSE national review of Emergency Department security measures.

No arrests have been made in connection with this incident.

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