GARDAÍ had to be called 25 times last year to deal with serious disturbances at the A&E unit of Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar, new figures show.
There were a further 34 'serious incidents', mostly in accident and emergency, which did not require garda intervention, Denis Mullins, services manager at the hospital revealed.
Addressing members of the Mayo Joint Policing Committee in Castlebar yesterday (Monday), Mr. Mullins emphasised that in the context of numbers visiting the A&E - 33,000 last year - the incidence of difficulties was relatively low.
Mr. Mullins complimented A&E staff for the way they had dealt with serious difficulties, as well as security staff. He also praised gardaí, saying they had responded quickly to security alerts at the hospital.
Councillor Joe Mellett said the fact the issue of security at A&E was on the agenda of the Joint Policing Committee was an indication of the society we now live in.