A Florida doctor lost his temper with a patient on Monday, and the video of the encounter is now going viral.
Footage uploaded to Facebook showed Dr. Peter Gallogly arguing with Jessica Stipe, a patient, and telling her to “get the hell out.”
According to Stipe’s social media post, her appointment had been scheduled for 6:30 p.m., but by 7:45 p.m. she had not yet been seen.
Stipe had been scolding Gallogly for taking more than an hour to see her when the physician is seen in the video shouting, “Are you kidding me?”
After telling her that he had already tested her urine, he then asked, “Does that take three seconds, you think?”
The video, which was captured by Stipe’s daughter, also showed Gallogly telling Stipe to get her money and “get the hell out” after the patient told him she was miserable and that she wanted to “go home and get in my bed.”
However, once Stipe told him he was being rude, he became even more irate.
“Get the f*** out of my office. Now,” he said.
Stipe’s daughter then asked the doctor for his name, which prompted Gallogly to take the phone from her hand and walk away with it while asking if she was recording.
Stipe said she was “in severe pain and throwing up in the trash can,” before the exchange.
The patient, as well as the physician, each contacted authorities to report the incident. But, according to the doctor's statement, the video only shows the final moments of the exchange. Gallogly claims that both Stipe and her daughter had “cursed and threatened” him and his staff.
He wrote that prior to what can be seen in the footage, Stipe had grown “increasingly belligerent and abusive to the office staff, cursing them and threatening them with violence, because she was unwell and had been waiting to be seen by me for more than an hour.”
Even after the clinic had returned her co-payment, she still refused to leave, he added.
Gainesville police are investigating the incident but haven’t mentioned whether they will look into the clinic’s incident report and written testimonies from witnesses.
In his statement, Gallogly said he regrets having lost his temper.
“I make no excuses for my unacceptable behavior,” he said.
After getting some heat from online commentators, Stipe issued a statement saying that she was still sick but that she needed to set the record straight.
She explained that she wasn’t at the clinic for drugs and that all she wanted was an antibiotic. She then thanked those who supported her, telling her critics that she wishes their children are never in a similar situation.
While what the video depicts does not make the physician look good, it’s also clear that the police must investigate both sides of this story and look into evidence presented by both parties before jumping to a conclusion.
Still, it's imperative that other doctors look at this incident and learn from it as no patient, especially one who's vulnerable, should be the target of such an aggressive tirade.
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