UMMS has complained about spending $145,000 for signage to inform patients of their rights. However, this amount is only a modest fraction of the $500,000 provided to Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh (D) for her “Healthy Holly” books, as reported in the April 4 Metro article “Lawmakers eye overhaul at UMMS.” Thankfully, the Hospital Patient’s Bill of Rights passed the General Assembly this year in a unanimous vote in both chambers, and the bill is moving to Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) desk for signature. We look forward to its full implementation by all Maryland hospitals, including UMMS.
Anna Palmisano, Rockville
The writer is coordinator of Marylanders for Patient Rights Coalition.