A 25-year-old man has been charged following an alleged attack on a member of staff at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital.
Police were called in the early hours of the morning after claims a man had launched himself at a 73-year-old working behind a desk at the front entrance.
It is claimed the pensioner was verbally abused and had punches thrown at him.
Officers were called to the scene and it is alleged that the man resisted attempts to be arrested.
Police confirmed today a man was charged following the incident on May 31.
Colin Coupar, regional organiser for Unite, said of the man who was working at the desk: “He’s an observational security guard and the incident took place on the Saturday night.
“He’s 73 years old.
“He’s still badly shaken up about the incident and he has been signed off by his doctor.”
Colin claimed that the man was working alone at the time as his colleague was elsewhere in the hospital.
He said this should not have happened and a colleague should have been alongside the 73-year-old. NHS Tayside declined to comment on the issue.
Colin was also unhappy that the man was said to have been told he would be denied a shop steward to accompany him at a meeting with NHS chiefs yesterday as they sought to find out how he was feeling. NHS Tayside reject this claim.
Colin said: “He was on his own at the time of the incident. There are supposed to be two there at all times.
“He was due to have two meetings at the hospital but they wouldn’t allow him to take a shop steward with him. I don’t think that is fair.
“If he is going in any form of meeting he wants someone there with him that he recognises and knows.”
A policed spokeswoman said: “We can confirm a 25-year-old man was charged in connection with a disturbance at Ninewells Hospital on May 31 and a report will be submitted to Procurator Fiscal.”
An NHS Tayside spokeswoman said an assessment had to be made into the circumstances of the incident.
She said: “A normal review has been undertaken in relation to a reported incident. Whilst we cannot comment on individual cases, no staff member would have been denied the opportunity to have representation at a meeting regarding their absence.”