A MAN was arrested after smashing his car into an A and E at Basurto hospital in Bilbao.
He had gone to the hospital’s Urgencias department with an elderly family member who was taken ill in the early hours of the morning.
When told that they would have to wait before they could be seen by a doctor he returned to his car, rammed the hospital doors and drove inside the building, coming to a stop just before the reception desk.
Neither the hospital staff nor the two people inside his white Seat Cordoba were injured although he then got out of the car and attacked an ambulance driver.
When Bilbao’s Municipal Police arrived to arrest him, he refused to take a breath test and according to witnesses his relatives protested loudly about the way he was being treated.
He now faces charges of dangerous driving and damaging public property.
The Basque trade union ESK expressed concern at the incident and pledged support for hospital staff who have “repeatedly” voiced their concerns about their safety.