Last Updated: Mar 27, 2020
The following is from Lawrence John, MD, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED):
“In these unprecedented times, PAMED calls on Gov. Tom Wolf to follow New York state’s lead in granting relief on medical liability to health care workers in the commonwealth for COVID-19 cases.
Good Samaritan laws currently provide legal protections for doctors, nurses, and physicians assistants who help those injured in a roadside accident, hurricane, or other medical emergency. These laws are necessary to alleviate fears that volunteering to help would lead to a lawsuit.
The same theory should apply to medical professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The expected surge of COVID-19 patients in Pennsylvania will severely tax our health care workforce and put many of them at risk of catching the virus themselves. They face a shortage of personal protective equipment, ventilators and other resources.
In a survey of 1,200 doctors and nurses
who cared for COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, China, nearly 50 percent reported symptoms of depression and 34 percent reported insomnia.
Our health care workforce needs our support and understanding as they face unprecedented challenges. Why should we expose them to the additional risk of a lawsuit while they are risking their lives in this pressing emergency?”
Pennsylvania Medical Society
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