Statement attributable to:

Patrice A. Harris, M.D., M.A.

President, American Medical Association

“In recent weeks as physicians have battled the COVID-19 pandemic, the question of when and how to express concern about conditions and safety has become a flashpoint for physicians and their hospital employers. In these cases where hospital conditions or policies conflict with the best interests of patients, some employed physicians have reported policies by hospitals to prevent public disclosure and discussion of the situation. In response, the American Medical Association calls for reinforcing the principle that places patients’ welfare as the first priority in any situation where the interests of physicians and hospitals are in conflict. No employer should restrict physicians’ freedom to advocate for the best interest of their patients.”

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