State Health Department will press hospitals to comply with patient’s rights

Good news!  The New York State Department of Health will press hospitals to comply with the patient’s right to choose visitors.  Patient & Family has received a very positive letter from the Department of Health thanking us, along with NYPIRG and Lambda Legal, for our August 2013 letter calling their attention to the issue of hospital compliance with the patient’s legal right to choose who can visit, including in intensive or special care units.  The Department’s letter (dated Sept. 17, 2013) states:  “As a result of your report ‘Sick, Scared and Separated from Loved Ones II: progress and Problems in Hospitals Disclosing the Patient’s Right to Choose Who Can Visit,’ the Department is working with the applicable Hospital Associations to reach full compliance with state and federal hospital visitation policies throughout the state.”

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