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Senior Doctor: Entire Hospital Departments about to Shut Down

As the resignation of medical residents is about to take effect, hospital officials are warning of a medical catastrophe.
By Yoni Kempinski & Gil Ronen
First Publish: 10/2/2011, 8:18 PM

Resignations of hundreds of residents in Israel's hospitals are about to take effect in the next few days, and a senior physician warns that his hospital may have to close down most of its wards.

Prof. Ehud Grossman, Director of the Departement of Internal Medicine, Sheba Medical Center, told Arutz Sheva: "We don’t see a way that we can manage without the residents. I believe that we will need to close some of the departments, and out of six departments maybe we will be remaining with two. We will be able just to save lives and that's it."

Grossman recommended that patients go to other hospitals, where fewer residents have resigned.

He said that he understands the residents' anger because the agreement signed by their representatives and the State is a "catastrophic" one.