Top Boston Hospital Threatens to Blacklist Patients for ‘Unwelcome Words’, Critics Slam ‘Woke’ Agenda
One of Boston’s premier hospitals has implemented a code of conduct that could penalize patients for making comments about someone’s gender or sexual identity if they deem it offensive. Mass General Brigham’s (MGB) “Patient Code of Conduct” includes a policy that ensures treated with courtesy and respect but moves towards “politicizing healthcare,” according to a medical advocacy group. “Words or actions that are disrespectful, racist, discriminatory, hostile, or harassing are not welcome,” reads MGB’s “Patient, Family, Visitor, and Research Participant Code of Conduct.” And while it covers physical or verbal threats and assaults, sexual or vulgar words or actions, it also warns that patients who make offensive comments about others’ “race, accent, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or other personal traits” or refusal to see a staff based on those traits could be “asked to make other plans for their care.” “Everyone can agree that racism, discrimination, and harassment don’t belong in a medical setting, much less anywhere else,” reads a statement from Do No Harm Medicine, an organization that fights “identity politics” in healthcare. “The problem is that Mass General fails to define these terms, so there’s no indication who decides what constitutes a violation. As we’ve seen, medical leaders are thoroughly steeped in woke ideology. They are likely to take a dim view of anyone who doesn’t toe the party line,” it continued. Patients will have the opportunity to make a case for themselves if they have violated the policy. The policy states, “If we believe you have violated the Code with unwelcome words or actions, you will be given the chance to explain your point of view. We will always carefully consider your response before we make any decisions about future care at Mass General Brigham. Some violations of this Code may lead to patients being asked to make other plans for their care and future non-emergency care at Mass General Brigham mayrequire review, though we expect this to be rare.” ***Please sign up for CBN Newsletters and download the CBN News app to ensure you keep receiving the latest news from a distinctly Christian perspective.*** But MSD makes no indication about how many injuries would determine dismissal from the hospital. CBN News has reached out to Mass General Brigham to request a comment. At the time of publication, they had not responded. “There’s a very real possibility that patients will be refused care at Mass General ,” reads a statement from Do No Harm Medicine. “The only way to ensure they get treated is to give into the politicization of medicine, race, and everything else that woke ideology demands. Mass General should make clear what its policy really means before patients suffer.” Meanwhile, a spokesperson for MGB told Just the News the updated policy is a response to a rise in violence and hostile behavior toward medical professionals. “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, wrote in an email. “Several of our hospitals have previously implemented similar guidelines.” be asked to make other arrangements for care,” but exceptions can be made, “including for extenuating circumstances, such as emotional distress or severe pain,” the outlet reports. Murphy did not specify if misgendering or deadnaming, using a transgender th or person’s legal name, counted as code violations.