Hospital Implements Patients Strict Code of Conduct

The Milford Regional Medical Center in Massachusetts has sparked outrage after implementing a controversial new policy that could potentially deny care to patients accused of something as harmless as “microaggressions.” That’s right, folks, if you happen to use a word that a staff member finds “hostile” or “vulgar,” or even if you refuse to see a doctor based on their stated gender, you could be turned away from this hospital.

And that’s not all. According to Dr. Peter Smulowitz, the Chief Medical Officer at Milford Regional, the hospital also reserves the right to deny care to patients based on their body language and tone of voice. So if you ever find yourself at this hospital, make sure to monitor your every move and word, because you never know when you might get accused of violating their “patient and visitor code of conduct.”

But wait, it gets even better. In a video announcement, Dr. Smulowitz states that “offensive comments” about someone’s race, ethnicity, accent, religion, gender, or sexual orientation will not be tolerated. That’s right, folks, you better not say anything that could potentially offend anyone, or it’s hasta la vista, baby. And just to make sure that everyone understands the seriousness of this policy, the hospital also has a code of conduct in place for their staff and providers.

Ironically, Dr. Smulowitz claims that this policy is in place to ensure a “safe, caring, and inclusive environment for all.” But what about the patients who may have legitimate concerns or complaints? Are those concerns going to be swept under the rug, just to avoid any potential offense? And what about freedom of speech? Whatever happened to the idea that in a free society, we are allowed to express our opinions without fear of repercussion?

So let’s recap: if you’re a patient at Milford Regional, you better watch your words, your body language, and your tone of voice, or you might find yourself without care. And don’t even think about saying anything remotely offensive, like using a word with too many syllables or expressing your opposition to someone’s chosen gender. Because in this “inclusive” hospital, all it takes is one perceived microaggression for them to turn their backs on you.


It’s a sad state of affairs when hospitals, a place that is supposed to provide care and healing, are more concerned with policing their patients’ language and behavior than actually treating their illnesses. This policy sets a dangerous precedent and sends a message that censorship and control are more important than individual rights and autonomy. Let’s hope that other hospitals don’t follow in Milford Regional’s footsteps, and instead focus on providing the best possible care for all individuals, regardless of their words, actions, or tone of voice.