An abnormal load was recorded Sunday at Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon, especially in the emergency room, the internal medicine, geriatrics and pediatrics departments. Dr. Ron Lobel, the hospital's deputy manager, told Arutz Sheva "After we received approval from the Ministry of Health, we asked Magen David Adom not to bring us patients from the periphery," stressing that critically ill patients will be treated in the hospital as usual.
Dr. Lobel noted that not even one bed has been added in recent decades, even in internal medicine departments. On the other hand, he said, the number of patients is growing every year, and the diseases have become more difficult to fight, warning, "We might reach a situation where there is no room for even one patient and we are close to this point." Dr. Lobel said , "In the short run, we can prepare the hospital basement to receive10-15 patients and give some sort of response. In the long term, he concluded, there is a detailed plan of the new surgical building with 3 floors of wards, but "we are eagerly awaiting the Treasury to transfer the budget to complete the building."