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  10/23/2011, Tishrei 25, 5772

Nurse Leader: Pressure in Wards = Criminal Negligence


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."