Doctors Resign at Hadassah Oncology Unit

YERUSHALAYIM -

Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Yerushalayim was plunged into a crisis on Sunday after senior doctors at the pediatric hemato-oncology unit resigned over a dispute with management, The Times of Israel reported.

Department head Prof. Michael Weintraub and five other doctors announced their resignation, though details on the reason for it were not disclosed.

The doctors said they will not be abandoning the patients without warning.

“In the coming months we will invest the maximum effort to take care of an orderly transfer of patients to the teams who will take on the responsibility to care for children — between Hadassah and other centers,” Weintraub said in a statement.

Hadassah issued an assurance as well: “Management will do everything possible to ensure that no child is hurt by this collective resignation,” the hospital said in a statement.

Health Minister Rabbi Yaakov Litzman instructed his staff to work with the hospital to ensure continuous care for the patients, the ministry said in a statement. The ministry added that they have been trying to mediate between the doctors and hospital for several months to avert such an eventuality.

Meanwhile, families of patients demonstrated outside the Health Ministry, carrying signs in support of the doctors.