Medics and ambulance crew attacked by patient’s father in Ceuta

PROTEST: Medical staff protested at the University Hospital of Ceuta. Credit: CESM.

AN ambulance crew and medics called to a Spanish home were ‘savagely’ assaulted by the father of their patient.

In a statement, the Medical Union of Ceuta has expressed its “indignation and condemnation” over the events that occurred at 7.15pm on Tuesday (July2) when four health professionals were “held and attacked.”

They had gone to a home in Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta after getting reports that a man aged about 30 had gone into convulsions.

For reasons unknown the father allegedly became highly aggressive, intimidated the medics and attacked them, causing various injuries.

A nurse was allegedly grabbed by the neck while attending the patient, while a doctor suffered several cuts and bruises in the unprovoked attack.

One of the ambulance crew was allegedly “savagely” attacked in the face, while the other crewmember suffered an anxiety attack.

The alleged aggressor has been arrested and will be brought before the courts after the health workers filed a complaint at the National Police station.

In protest at the alleged violence and in support of the four affected, the Medical Union of Ceuta called on health staff at medical centres in the city to strike for 10 minutes at noon.

There was also a demonstration at the University Hospital of Ceuta to call for action to protect health workers.

In a statement, the Ceuta government denounced what it called the “brutal aggression” and has expressed its “absolute repulsion and condemnation” of the act and offered “unconditional support and solidarity” to the health professionals.

It added that health workers “are an example of humanity, professionalism and dedication in an area as important to citizens as the coordination and response to emergencies.”

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