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Hospital Announces It May Deny Care to Patients Making ‘Offensive’ Statements

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A hospital in Massachusetts, Milford Regional Medical Center, has implemented a patient and visitor code of conduct that prohibits disrespectful, racist, discriminatory, hostile, or harassing behavior.

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Peter Smulowitz, outlined potential violations that could lead to a patient being denied care, emphasizing the importance of body language and tone of voice.

The video announcement was criticized online, with some accusing the hospital of violating the Hippocratic Oath.

“Everyone should expect a safe, caring and inclusive environment in all our spaces. Our patient and visitor code of conduct helps us meet this goal,” Chief Medical officer Dr. Peter Smulowitz said.

“Words or actions that are disrespectful, racist, discriminatory, hostile or harassing are not welcome and will not be tolerated.”

“Examples of these include offensive comments about others’ race, ethnicity, accent, religion, gender, sexual orientation or other personal traits; refusal to see a clinician or other staff member based on these personal traits; aggressive or intimidating behavior, physical or verbal threats and assaults; sexual or vulgar words or actions; and disrupting another patient’s care or experience,” he stated.

“Body language and tone of voice are also important parts of communication,” he added. “If we believe you have violated our code with unwelcome words or actions, you will be given a chance to explain your point of view.

“We will always carefully consider your response before we make any decisions about future care at Milford Regional.”

“It is very disheartening to hear a Progressive physician would dishonor his Hippocratic Oath to pay homage to his new DEI faith,” Rep. Dr. Greg Murphy wrote on X.

“Of course we want respect for everyone but shame on you [Milford Regional],” he added.

The hospital serves a region of over 20 local towns and communities.

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