The Medical Association opened a 24-hour strike this morning (Thursday) in protest of the violent incidents at Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital in Jerusalem and the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya. During the strike, the hospitals will be operated on a Saturday and holiday basis, with the exception of the areas excluded, and the community clinics of the HMOs will be closed, with the exception of Torah clinics for the treatment of urgent cases.
Among the steps required by the Histadrut were placing police points in each emergency room, increasing the security system in hospitals and community clinics, assimilating assistive technologies and changing legislation – so that attacking a medical staff member would not be different from attacking a uniformed police officer.
Chairman of the Medical Association, Prof. Holiday scoreHe said: “We have long announced that we will not accept any more incidents of violence in the health system, which have unfortunately become a real epidemic. The lives of doctors must not be abandoned, and the preparatory strike is only a warning signal. Of the medical staff, we will not hesitate to aggravate the steps. “
At the same time, in the morning, a special protest rally will be held at Hadassah Mount Scopus. Prof. Zion Hagai said: “The blood of the doctors will not be abandoned, and as long as the government does not take immediate action, we will not hesitate to intensify the measures.”
foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, Expressed support for their protest. “This morning strengthens the medical staffs in the hospitals and health funds,” he wrote on his Twitter page. Respect and thanks. “
This morning strengthens the medical staffs in the hospitals and health funds. Violence against medical staff, whose whole lives are devoted to care and saving lives is a serious and unbearable phenomenon.
Every effort is made to prevent and treat severely any damage to them.
The staffs deserve appreciation, respect and gratitude.
– Yair Lapid🟠 (@yairlapid) May 19, 2022
Last Monday, family members of a patient who died at Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus attacked members of the medical staff. Preliminary interrogation shows that the family members, residents of East Jerusalem, arrived at the scene and began to riot and attack the staff members. One of the family members, in his twenties, was arrested and taken for questioning at an entire station. Police said the investigation is ongoing and that further arrests of those involved who fled the scene are expected.
Yesterday, the family of a 28-year-old motorcyclist who was killed tried to burst into the shock room of the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya. Dozens of family members who rioted even beat security personnel and other people who were at the scene. Following the incident, an intensified police force was called to the hospital. The security guards, who felt they were in a life-threatening situation, had to use pepper spray to get the rioters out of the emergency room. A number of security personnel were lightly injured.