Massachusetts Medical Society: Massachusetts Medical Society on racist protest at medical facility

Massachusetts Medical Society on racist protest at medical facility

The Massachusetts Medical Society and its 25,000 physician and student members are angered over the recent incident in Boston that saw an extremist group target physicians whose commitment is to care for patients and to facilitate conversations and actions that will make our health care system more just and equitable for communities of color.

The Medical Society is opposed to direct confrontational racist acts and stands equally against damaging microaggressions directed at health care workers.

Not only was the demonstration built on a false narrative and dangerous misinformation, but the act also threatened to interfere with delivery of health care, putting patients at risk.

Massachusetts Medical Society policy states that health care is a basic human right and we condemn any individual or group who uses a platform of bigotry to erode that right. The Society asserts that race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, age, financial status, and health condition should not be barriers to appropriate health care for any human being – for any of our patients.

The Medical Society stands with health care workers, patients, and all who endure disgusting acts of racism and will continue undaunted with our work to eliminate inequities in health care.

-Carole E. Allen, MD, MBA, FAAP, President, Massachusetts Medical Society

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