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A 57-year-old man who was arrested following an incident at Daisy Hill Hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning, remains in custody today, 17 May.

A Daisy Hill Hospital nurse suffered a cut to her neck/chin area and a health care assistant sustained a puncture wound to his side. 

The incident that took place around 5.40am Saturday morning and thankfully the injuries weren't life threatening. Local representatives have condemned the attacks.

Daisy Hill Hospital. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Justin McNulty MLA expressed shock at the news. Mr McNulty said, “My thoughts are with the injured staff and I pray they can make a full recovery. God bless them.

Justin McNulty

“It is really shocking, sad and scary to think that staff on the front line who have courageously held the fort throughout the pandemic, and always, can have their lives put at risk in this horrifically violent way.

“I have spoken to Police and have contacted the Chief Executive of the Southern Trust. Action must be taken so that all hospital staff who are bravely saving lives every day can feel safe and secure doing their jobs.”

MLA Liz Kimmins also spoke of her shock. The Newry and Armagh representative said "I am extremely shocked to hear that two members of staff had sustained injuries following an assault in Daisy Hill Hospital this morning. Thankfully neither have life-threatening injuries however this has been a very traumatic experience for both individuals, and I sincerely hope they make a full and speedy recovery.

Ms Kimmins continued "No-one should be at risk of attack in their place of work, least of all those who are on the front line in our health service, working extremely hard to protect the lives of others every single day, and it is essential that the Southern Trust review this incident, and take appropriate steps to ensure something ike this does not reoccur.

Liz Kimmins MLA

"I want to thank all of our frontline staff for their continued efforts both during covid and in normal circumstances to look after the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community. This incident will undoubtedly have had a serious impact on those involved and on their colleagues who may have witnessed the disturbing events this morning.

"We will continue to engage with the Southern Trust and the PSNI as further detail emerges."

Newry City Councillor, Cllr Gavin Malone added "Today I spoke to Daisyhill Staff about the shocking stabbing incident last night in Daisyhill Hospital. I was totally amazed at the determination of our NHS employees. Those staff who witnessed the dreadful incident have informed me that they are determined to continue doing their jobs to ensure a high quality service is provided to the residents of our district.

Cllr Gavin Malone

"I congratulate these Daisy Hill staff and I told them I will follow up this matter with the CEO of our local Health Trust to ensure risk assessments are conducted and strategies are put in place to protect our much loved health service employees."

 

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