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NHS ban call over violent patient

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A violent patient has been convicted of a third attack on medical staff, prompting calls for him to be banned for life from receiving NHS treatment. James Kilgore was jailed for two months after he admitted lashing out at paramedics trying to treat him.

At Perth Sheriff Court, Kilgore, 35, from Dunfermline, admitted assaulting ambulance worker Kenneth Macgregor in Crieff on 18 December.

The court heard Kilgore had been found lying drunk in the road.

‘Repeated’ attacks

Following the case, a senior member of staff at Perth Royal Infirmary said: “I certainly welcome him being jailed. It’s the least the court should do.

“This man is a dangerous nuisance who has repeatedly attacked vulnerable health service staff as they tried to help him.

“I would like to see the courts or the Scottish Executive acting to ban people like him from receiving treatment on the NHS.”

The court heard that a member of the public had called in to report Kilgore lying drunk in the middle of the road.

Ambulance staff tried to help him after they found him lying in the middle of a busy street, being sick because he had drunk too much alcohol.

He lashed out at the ambulance crew with his arms and fists and they had to step back to avoid being struck by him.

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