Horrifying footage appears to show a patient attack a staff member at a London hospital, resulting in them both scrapping on the floor as shocked NHS staff try to intervene.
In the clip, filmed by a witness and shared on the @crimeLDN Twitter page, the men are in a verbal altercation at Whittington hospital in Upper Holloway.
The patient appears to be trying to get behind the reception desk while the staff member stands in his way and tries to push him back with his body.
Apparently enraged, the patient gives him a hard shove and yells: "You're touching me!
"What are you doing? Why would you do that?"
The scuffle then breaks out in the hospital reception, with the hospital worker raining down punches on the patient and throwing him onto the floor.
The patient then starts laughing.
Other people in the waiting room look in horror and a female staff member runs over, screaming: "Stop. Stop."
Pulling himself back up onto his feet, the patient rants: "Is that what you do? Is that what you do as your job?"
"You're supposed to look after us. How dare you?" he shouts at the worker, as two male hospital employees come between them.
A spokesman for Whittington Health NHS Trust told Mail Online that the matter was being probed both by the police and the hospital trust.
He said: "We are aware of an incident which took place in our Day Treatment Centre yesterday.
"The incident is being investigated by the police and we have begun an internal investigation.
"Violence or aggression towards our staff is never acceptable and we are taking the matter extremely seriously."
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police told Daily Star Online: "Police were called shortly before 12:00hrs on Thursday, 5 November to a north London hospital following reports of an assault.
"Officers attended. A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker and taken to a north London police station.
"He has since been released under investigation."
Daily Star Online has approached Whittington Health NHS Trust for comment.
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