A MALE patient of the Hospital de la Axarquia punched a nurse after suffering a psychotic outbreak in the Emergency Room.
The young man allegedly untied himself in a from the stretcher buckles when the female health assistant came to attend him, and was in a state of heightened distress.
He punched her on the jaw and she fell to the floor before her colleagues quickly arrived to restrain the patient.
After managing to calm him down they performed a drug test which produced a negative result.
The man, of foreign nationality, has been transferred to the Acute Unit of the hospital for further treatment.
The nurse was treated for her injuries and a complaint has been filed with the National Police.
A protest took place on last Monday outside the building against the recent cases of physical abuse in hospitals.