A wealthy healthcare system in the disgustingly liberal state of Massachusetts that went on a rather disturbing and controversial advertising spree as a means of justifying its encroachment of cheaper hospitals is apparently now sending out an even more deplorable message to its patients: go woke or croak.
“Words or actions that are disrespectful, racist, discriminatory, hostile, or harassing are not welcome” at Mass General Brigham (MGB), according to a “Patient Code of Conduct” that was put into action this fall after a year of development.
A video released on Oct. 6 concerning the update features Senior Medical Director for Health Equality Allison Bryant saying it applies to further constituencies: “Patient, Family, Visitor, and Research Participant Code of Conduct.”
According to Just the News:
The code covers not only “physical or verbal threats and assaults” and “sexual or vulgar words or actions,” but also “offensive comments about others’ race, accent, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or other personal traits” or refusal to see staff based on those traits. It frowns on “unwelcome words or actions” as well.
While patients can give their side when accused of violating the code, MGB warns that it may ask them to “make other plans for their care” in response to some violations. They might also be banned from “future non-emergency care … though we expect this to be rare.”
MGB emphasizes that “many healthcare systems across the country have similar codes of conduct” but didn’t cite any. The code gives no minimum number of violations before a patient would be kicked out or banned from future non-emergency care.
One advocacy group that has gone toe-to-toe with “woke activists” in the realm of medicine and medical care issued a warning earlier in the month that the code’s failure to define terms properly or to explain who is in charge of deciding violations increases the likelihood that MGB will “kick non-woke patients to the curb.”
A failure to use preferred pronouns could be considered “harassment,” while disagreeing with the existence of systemic racism could be construed as “racist,” and being in favor of equal access to care over equity might be labeled “discriminatory,” according to the group Do No Harm.
The organization was founded by Stanley Goldfarb, who is the former associate dean of instruction at of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, who is now retired. Goldfarb was slandered as a racist by medical publisher STAT at the Harvard Medical School instructor Eric Gottlieb just last month.
“Do No Harm noted that one of MGB’s founding members and Harvard Med’s training hospital, Brigham and Women’s, launched a pilot last year that explicitly granted ‘preferential care based on race’ to redress past wrongs, even while acknowledging it might be illegal,” the report said.
A spokesperson for MGB declined to inform Just the News if misgendering or deadnaming — using a person’s birth or legal name — would be considered a code violation.
“The code of conduct is an internal framework that will be used to evaluate each potential incident,” Mark Murphy, senior director of external communications for the system, went on to say in an email. “Several of our hospitals have previously implemented similar guidelines,” he said without specifying them.”
“Patients who repeatedly act in disrespectful or discriminatory ways may be asked to make other arrangements for care,” but exceptions can be made, “including for extenuating circumstances, such as emotional distress or severe pain,” Murphy continued, without providing an explanation why “repeatedly” isn’t specified in the code.
“It’s important to note that our code of conduct is in response to the national rise in violence and hostile behavior at healthcare facilities, and that is why offensive remarks and/or actions are cited in the policy,” he added.
Murphy then pointed to an article that was published by the Association of American Medical Colleges that cited federal figures which indicated there was a rise in “violent attacks against medical professionals” through 2018, increased levels of “aggression” against staff members during the early part of the coronavirus pandemic, and almost a quarter of physicians reporting they were “personally attacked on social media.”
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