Protesters demand Melania Trump CANCEL Boston hospital visit

Protesters hospital staff doctors and nurses line the lawn of Boston Medical Center where they protested the visit of first lady Melania Trump to the hospital

Protesters hospital staff doctors and nurses line the lawn of Boston Medical Center where they protested the visit of first lady Melania Trump to the hospital

But they were concerned the visit, part of the First Lady's "Be Best" campaign focused drug abuse and cyberbullying, sent the wrong message to the hospital's patients, many of whom are low-income and immigrants.

The protest comes as Melania was attacked on Twitter for the visit to Boston as she learnt about the program where volunteers take part in cuddling babies that are going through drug withdrawal. "It is my hope that what we discuss today will encourage others to replicate similar programs within their own communities".

Boston Medical Center's president and CEO Kate Walsh has been aware of the planned employee protest for several days, having received a letter from organizers requesting she cancel Trump's visit. Many anxious that the first lady's visit may send the wrong message to some people seeking treatment.

Several demonstrators wore white lab coats with the words "we really do care, do u?" written across the back, a reference to the infamous green parka jacket with the phrase "I really don't care, do u?" that Trump wore past year during a visit to Texas.

Protesters signs read: "We Care for All!" and "Exceptional Care, No Exceptions!"

First lady Melania Trump, left, speaks with pediatrician Eileen Costello, front right, as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, behind center, looks on during a visit to Boston Medical Center in Boston on November 6. The intention of her trip was not immigration, but "Be Best", her multi-pronged platform addressing the health and wellness of children.

Melania " s visit faced backlash from a mix of doctors, nurses, and hospital staff who see her appearance in support of US President Donald Trump " s immigration policies.

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She will then tour the hospital's pediatric unit to see first-hand how the programs are implemented and meet with the children and families who have been successfully treated.

"I am grateful for the thoughtful ways people have expressed both their disagreement and support for the visit", she said.

One user called Dee savagely said: "The only thing the first lady knows how to cuddle is her bitcoins and diamonds, probably stuffed away in a vault in Switzerland". "We just want to show our solidarity".

It's my hope that this visit will lead other providers across the country to offer the types of effective, non-stigmatizing treatment and programming that we provide here at BMC. Hospital not letting reporters cross lawn to talk to them, so some came over to media scrum. President Donald Trump, his sons Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., along with daughter Ivanka Trump, are often welcomed with protests. As important, it is also my hope that the visit will be a unique opportunity to share our values of respect and inclusion with federal leaders whose policies have a significant impact on the vulnerable populations we are dedicated to serving.

"Our health plan is the largest participant in the state's Medicaid accountable care organisation", Walsh went on stressing that "the opportunity to highlight the innovative work we are doing is critical to ensuring that we are able to continue to deliver on our mission well into the future", the hospital head rounded off.

Last year, Boston Medical Center announced that a quality improvement initiative at the hospital focusing on "using non-pharmacologic approaches to care for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) yielded positive short-term outcomes for both the mothers and infants".

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