Pauline Cafferkey, a nurse who had volunteered to work with Save The Children to help treat victims of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, had flown to Glasgow via Casablanca and London’s Heathrow airport. She had not tested positive for any symptoms of the disease at Heathrow, but had felt feverish and was admitted to hospital in Glasgow before being transferred to London’s Royal Free Hospital.
The Royal Free has a specialist unit where Ebola patients can be treated in isolation; this was where Will Pooley was treated and made a full recovery. None of this appeared to matter to Ms Hopkins, who went in with both feet yesterday: “Little sweaty Jocks, sending us Ebola bombs in the form of sweaty Glaswegians just isn’t cricket. Scottish NHS sucks” she ranted aimlessly. And, as Jon Stewart might have said, two things here.
“Glaswegian Ebola patient moved to London’s Royal Free Hospital. Not so independent when it matters most are we jocksville?” she sneered. Once again, Ms Cafferkey is not Glaswegian - this has proved a difficult one for Ms Hopkins - and urgent medical issues like this transcend petty nationalism. Why does Ms Hopkins think all those nurses and doctors volunteered to help in Sierra Leone?
She doesn’t quite get the seriousness of this: “Reported for hate crime by a chubster? Give me a break” she sniffed earlier. It wasn’t the only Police complaint: she’s been reported for the Ebola Tweets. But then, Ms Hopkins has previous when it comes to insulting Scots: she had to apologise after joking about Scots’ life expectancy just hours after the Glasgow helicopter crash last year.