Man punished for attack of Hull Royal Infirmary staff

A man who assaulted three staff at Hull Royal Infirmary has been placed under a night-time curfew and ordered to pay compensation.

Mark Gallagher, 42, attacked a nurse after he was brought to the Emergency Department with a head injury. He then assaulted two security officers who were called to escort him out of the department.

Gallagher was prosecuted under new legislation designed to protect emergency workers.

Ron Gregory, the trust's security manager, says: "Anyone who is violent or abusive to any member of staff at our hospitals should be in no doubt they will face the appropriate punishment for their crime.

"Our staff come to work every day to help others. They do not come to work to be assaulted, abused, spat at or attacked and we will not tolerate any such behaviour."

70 assaults by members of the public were reported by staff at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital in the past 12 months.

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