The Massachusetts Medical Society is cheering a new law extending additional liability protections for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday afternoon, the law also applies to medical professionals working in the field hospitals that have been set up throughout the state to provide extra bed capacity for a surge of COVID-19 patients.
"Passage of this law is important to physicians and health care providers, providing indispensable liability protections as they continue to risk their health and safety to care for their patients and the public health," Medical Society President Dr. Maryanne Bombaugh said in a statement.
"During this unprecedented crisis, these liability protections enable physicians and health care providers to continue providing the best care possible under extreme, increasingly strained circumstances," she added. "Importantly, this law strikes a careful balance, addressing the unprecedented needs and circumstances created by this pandemic while still protecting patients' rights."