The police are currently investigating a case of a nurse who assaulted an ophthalmologist during a surgical procedure on a patient's eye.
The incident occurred in Malta while a patient was under local anesthesia and witnessed the entire scene. The hospital is also conducting an investigation into the assault that was also witnessed by several other nurses and physicians.
The nurse has not been suspended or fired, but she has been ordered to take an “obligatory anger management course”, according to Health Ministry.
The nurse was angry at the surgeon because he was late for the operation, due to a case in the emergency room.
The nurse allegedly stormed into the operating room, yelling and cursing at the physician. The physician tried to stay calm and told the nurse that it wasn't a good time to discuss the matter and that he was willing to converse with her once the case was completed.
The nurse ignored him and grabbed his clothing, pushing and shoving him. She also threatened to "pay him back," if he was late again and she also threatened to cause more problems for the physician away from hospital property.
The surgeon filed a police report and notified management at the hospital about the incident.
“The nurse involved in the incident has been referred for an obligatory anger management course. Further disciplinary action may be taken pending the result of the investigation,” the ministry said.
It continued: “Mater Dei management would like to reassure the public that it will continue to take the necessary action to provide a safe and serene environment for its professionals to continue to provide a high level of care to our patients.”