Hospitals in South Overcrowded, Patients Transferred to Central Israel

Health ministry says emergency rooms in 4 southern hospitals overcrowded; State Comptroller criticized in May space shortage in emergency rooms throughout Israel.

The health ministry announced Sunday that patients hospitalized in hospitals in the south would be transferred to hospitals in central Israel due to overcrowding.

Patients hospitalized in hallways due to overload at Rambam Hospital
Moran Mayan

Health ministry director general Dr. Roni Gamzu instructed hospitals Soroka Medical Center, Be’er Sheva, Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot and Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Rishon Letzion to transfer patients to central hospitals with the assistance of Magen David Adom emergency services.

The decision will remain valid until the over population in the hospital's emergency rooms will diminish, the health ministry said.

Earlier this year, State comptroller Micha Lindenstraus criticized the shortage of beds in the country's emergency rooms as well as the lack of professional medical teams.