Reality TV filming banned in NYC hospitals

Following a lawsuit against a reality TV show for airing a man's final moments, New York City hospitals have agreed to ban filming in their wards without prior written consent, the New York Post reported. The Greater New York Hospital Association, which includes nearly all major Gotham medical centers, said in a statement that "this effectively puts an end to 'reality TV' in New York's emergency rooms." New York lawmakers set out to impose stricter patient privacy protections after ABC's "NY Med" recorded Mark Chanko, 83, a Korean War veteran and accountant who was hit by a garbage truck near his Upper East Side home, receiving medical treatment before he died. The show obscured his face but his widow, who had not given permission to film or air, was able to recognize his voice when the show aired in August 2012. "With this commitment, our hospitals can rightly say that privacy matters in New York City," said Councilman Dan Garodnick, who led the charge against ER reality TV. Article

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