A DOCTOR'S car was attacked with a golf club and his medical equipment stolen during a call-out in Dublin.
Gardai are searching for two men who wore balaclavas during the incident, which occurred as the doctor was tending to an elderly patient in Tallaght.
He responded to a call in the Drumcairn area at around 1am Sunday, but shortly after arriving at the scene was targeted.
The men smashed the window of the car with a golf club and assaulted the driver.
The thugs then stole the doctor's bag containing medical equipment, a laptop and a phone. They threw away the key of the car before making their getaway.
The medic works for the 'doctor on duty' service which provides a private 24-hour service for those seeking a doctor outside normal hours.
An operations manager for the company told the Herald: "The car the doctor was travelling in clearly states 'doctor on duty' on the side so the robbers should have known what type of vehicle they were targeting."
No description of the men is available but gardai are appealing for anyone in the area with information to come forward.
Labour Party councillor for Tallaght Central Mick Duff voiced his anger and concern.
He said that it was "a callous and cowardly attack on a professional coming out to help a vulnerable citizen".
"Everyone in the area is appalled by what happened."
He added: "It's not indicative of the Tallaght community. We have a wonderful community here in Tallaght but these are isolated incidents by thugs."
The councillor called on anyone in the area with information to contact gardai so that "these thugs can be rooted out".