Doc­tor al­legedly stabs col­league

The Sligo Champion - - FRONT PAGE - By PAUL DEER­ING

A doc­tor re­ceived a head wound af­ter be­ing al­legedly stabbed by a col­league at Sligo Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal.

The in­ci­dent which oc­curred around 9.15am last Thurs­day has sent shock­waves around the hospi­tal.

Gar­daí and the hospi­tal au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent which saw the male doc­tor al­legedly stabbed by a fe­male doc­tor while both work­ing in a busy depart­ment. A sharp in­stru­ment, be­lieved to have been a scalpel is al­leged to have been used to in­flict a cut to the doc­tor’s fore­head.

He ap­par­ently rushed to the Emer­gency Depart­ment im­me­di­ately af­ter the in­ci­dent while the fe­male doc­tor was al­legedly held in a room while Gar­daí were called.

Gar­daí, who were al­ready in the hospi­tal on an­other mat­ter rushed to the ward and spoke with the al­leged stab­ber.

THE doc­tors at the cen­tre of a bizarre in­ci­dent last Thurs­day at Sligo Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal had been in em­ploy­ment there for quite some time and were both due to leave soon in any event.

Hospi­tal au­thor­i­ties and the Gar­daí are both car­ry­ing out in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the in­ci­dent which oc­curred on a busy ward at 9.15am last Thurs­day.

The in­ci­dent has shocked staff and pa­tients at the hospi­tal.

A fe­male doc­tor is al­leged to have stabbed a male doc­tor, said to be in his 40s, in the fore­head with a scalpel.

The doc­tor ran from the ward to the Emer­gency Depart­ment to have his wound treated. It is un­der­stood he has left the hospi­tal and is cur­rently in Dublin.

He was due to shortly leave his em­ploy­ment at the hospi­tal any­way as was his al­leged at­tacker. Both doc­tors have been work­ing at SUH for some time.

It is not known what led to the in­ci­dent. The doc­tors are not be­lieved to be re­lated.

Gar­daí, who were in the hospi­tal deal­ing with an­other mat­ter, went to the ward im­me­di­ately on be­ing in­formed of the al­leged stab­bing and it is un­der­stood the fe­male doc­tor had been kept in a room.

A spokesper­son for the SAOLTA group of hos­pi­tals which in­cludes SUH said: “Sligo Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal is aware of an in­ci­dent re­lat­ing to two mem­bers of staff which is be­ing fully in­ves­ti­gated by the hospi­tal in line with all ap­pro­pri­ate pro­ce­dures.

“The hospi­tal will not be com­ment­ing fur­ther in re­la­tion to this mat­ter.”

The Garda press of­fice stated: “Gar­daí in Sligo are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an al­leged as­sault that took place at a hospi­tal in Sligo on Thurs­day 9 th Jan­uary at ap­prox­i­mately 9.15am.

“A male in his 40s re­ceived treat­ment for his in­juries. In­ves­ti­ga­tion on­go­ing.”

It is not known at this stage if the male doc­tor has made an of­fi­cial state­ment of com­plaint.

In its ab­sence, the Gar­daí may be un­able to bring a prose­cu­tion.

How­ever, an in­ter­nal hospi­tal probe is likely to go ahead in due course.

Sligo Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal

The al­leged stab­bing took place at SUH last Thurs­day morn­ing.

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