Massachusetts Medical Society: Massachusetts Medical Society condemns attacks of patients, staff at Boston Children’s Hospital

Massachusetts Medical Society condemns attacks of patients, staff at Boston Children’s Hospital

The Massachusetts Medical Society and its 25,000 physician and student members condemn the attacks against Boston Children’s Hospital and its pediatric transgender health program.

The Medical Society decries all acts of bigotry, including aggression and threats aimed at patients and families seeking evidence-based, medically appropriate and necessary care and the health care workers who strive to deliver care in a safe and inclusive setting. Actions that disrupt access to health care are dangerous, unacceptable, and reprehensible.

These unjust and hateful threats not only contradict the Medical Society’s assertion that health care is a basic human right, but also reflect the harmful effects of the creation and dissemination of misinformation.

The Medical Society has unwavering organizational policy that states that race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status, age, financial status, and health condition should not be barriers to appropriate health care for any human being.

We stand with the patients, families, caregivers, and the Boston Children’s Hospital community in denouncing hate and fully support all efforts to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

-Theodore A. Calianos, II, MD, FACS, President, Massachusetts Medical Society


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