One of New York City’s largest and most-respected hospitals, NYU-Langone Hospital in Manhattan, is closing its doors to volunteers of Satmar Bikur Cholim. The hospital now bans all non-family-members and friends from patient floors.
Though the hospital said that the policy isn’t specific to Satmar Bikur Cholim, the chessed organization says that the NYU health system’s approach to end-of-life care has changed and conflicts with the Orthodox Jewish approach and the hospital doesn’t want observers witnessing decisions that are against halacha.
Satmar Bikur Cholim supporters are now urging Jews to steer clear of the hospital and are threatening to start a formal boycott, said the Bikur Cholim director, who did not want to be named.
The hospital today is “almost like a legal killing machine,” she said. “Our patients are in danger when they go there,” said the Satmar Bikur Cholim director.
Read more at Arutz Sheva.