"I understand that you reduced my public secretary, who is heavily pregnant, to tears. On inquiring further I am told you used abusive language to the neurosurgical admissions office in Beaumont Hospital, and also created difficulties on having an angiogram,’’ he wrote.
“You will appreciate that neither I nor my staff are prepared to tolerate abusive and bullying behaviour of this type. I am therefore declining the referral and suggest you seek another neurosurgeon.”
McCafferty challenges refusal to treat her - The Irish Times - Fri, Sep 04, 2009
Anyone who knows health service workers will appreciate that they run the guantlet of physical and verbal abuse. Media celebrity Nell McCafferty was refused treatment by a surgeon at Beumonth hospital for "abusive and bullying behaviour" towards staff.
McCafferty admits the altercation but describes her behaviour as merely "terse".
Another point in this article are also interesting. The surgeon said to her in a letter that he was "doing her a favour by seeing her so soon as a public patient". Does this mean that McCafferty used her celebrity to jump the queue? The whole basis of the provision of public health care is clinical need not one's celebrity status.