Hospital guards questioned by police for allegedly assaulting patient
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Hospital guards questioned by police for allegedly assaulting patient

Wolfson Medical Center denies woman’s claim she was attacked, says patient and her husband used ‘unreasonable’ force against security

The scene of an alleged assault by security guards of a woman at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon August 31, 2018. (Screen capture: YouTube)
The scene of an alleged assault by security guards of a woman at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon August 31, 2018. (Screen capture: YouTube)

Security guards at a hospital in central Israel were questioned under caution by police on Sunday over suspicions they assaulted a woman in the emergency room.

Video of Friday’s incident posted to social media showed a woman lying on the floor bleeding at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon as onlookers shouted at the guards.

The woman and her husband, who was with her at the time, later filed a police complaint alleging they were assaulted by the hospital guards.

A relative said the woman was attacked by one of the guards after asking hospital staff when she would be treated.

“The guard approached her and told her to move from the counter and when she didn’t move he just dragged her from there and banged her head on the wall. When she fell, he kept beating her with his legs,” the unnamed family member told the Ynet news site.

Wolfson Medical Center pushed back on the assault claim and said the video of the incident didn’t tell the whole story.

“The couple was asked to leave the emergency room after they used unreasonable and continued force against our guards,” the hospital said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, the information being spread on social media is based on videos filmed by civilians at the end of the incident that don’t document it in its entirety,” it added.

The incident came amid ongoing complaints by medical staff of violence against them, with nurses across the country holding a strike in July to protest the phenomenon.

According to a December 2017 report issued by the Health Ministry committee examining the issue, there are more than 3,000 incidents of violence against medical personnel per year, with only 11 percent of them reported to police. Only a small portion of that 11% are ever brought to trial.

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