PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- A Rhode Island representative has once again introduced a bill that would allow medical professionals to show sympathy or compassion to patients and their loved ones, without fear of legal repercussions.
The so-called " Benevolent Gestures Bill " would make such statements such as "I'm sorry" inadmissible as evidence in malpractice cases or other civil actions.
"Unfortunately, in a world where almost anything can lead to litigation, showing sympathy can too easily be seen as an admission of error or even guilt, especially in a health care setting," said the bill's sponsor, Representative Joseph McNamara, in a news release.
"Saying ‘I'm sorry' doesn't mean 'I did something wrong' or ‘it's my fault.' Health care professionals shouldn't be afraid to show they care about their patients," Rep. McNamara added.
The legislation has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Joseph McNamara is a Democrat representing Warwick and Cranston.
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