Overburdened Hospitals Threaten to Stop Admitting Covid Patients

Directors of seven Israeli public hospitals at a press conference to protest lack of government funding, Sunday. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

The fourth wave of the coronavirus is causing crisis conditions in Israeli hospitals.

The directors of seven public hospitals said on Sunday that their medical staffs have reached capacity and they may have to stop accepting new COVID-19 patients starting tomorrow, The Times of Israel said.

In a press conference, the directors charged government neglect, making made renewed demands for increased funding and more support for the healthcare system after 6 months of crisis.

“We have been abandoned at the height of the coronavirus crisis,” they said “We have reached the worst crisis in our history.”

Dr. Ofer Marin, director of Yerushalayim’s Shaare Tzedek Medical Center, warned: “In the current situation, we are unable to continue treatments. We have no equipment, means and salaries to pay. Our conscience forces us to stop treating coronavirus patients starting tomorrow.”

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