Chairwoman Ilana Cohen of the Nurses Federation said, Sunday, that walkouts of nurses at overcrowded wards at Wolfson Hospital in Holon, south of Tel Aviv, leaving them in emergency-only status, is a warning of potential things to come at other hospitals. Interviewed on Arutz Sheva's Hebrew journal, she said that a standard of 38 patients in a ward led to an agreement for 42 patients, but the actual number at one time has risen to 50 and could reach 60.
Cohen said the crisis was a national one, noting that winter was coming, bringing with it a dramatic rise in hospital admissions. She said, "We declared a labor dispute at Wolfson. It could be that we'll be forced to declare one nationwide."