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Drunk patient attacks nurse (Updated)

A 36-year-old man who allegedly attacked a nurse, a doctor and a police guard at Paphos general hospital on Thursday evening is to go before court on November 20, it was announced on Friday.

The suspect, who was reportedly drunk, was arrested after causing grievous bodily harm to a nurse and a doctor.

The man first hit a 33-year-old nurse at the first aid department of the hospital, at around 8.30pm, and then attacked a female doctor who, together with other people, had attempted to calm him down. He also attacked the police officer who had gone to arrest him.

He was arrested and detained for the night. He was charged on Friday and released.

Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis condemned the attack and welcomed the arrest.

This was the 13th such incident this year in state hospitals, and the first time someone has been arrested.

Nurses’ union Pasyno and state doctors went on a two-hour work stoppage last month to protest the authorities’ failure to prevent attacks against them, after a man attacked two female nurses at Nicosia general hospital’s accident and emergency department.

 



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