Hatzalah to 'fill gaps' of MDA in Judea and Samaria

United Hatzalah pledges to divert ambulances to Judea and Samaria after Magen David Adom reduces services following budgetary problems.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

United Hatzalah ambulance
United Hatzalah ambulance
Courtesy of United Hatzalah

Following Magen David Adom’s announcement that they will be closing services in certain locations in Judea and Samaria, United Hatzalah will be diverting ambulances to those locations in order to provide coverage for the residents of the affected cities.

Magen David Adom sent an announcement to the Health Ministry on Thursday stating that they will be completely closing services to five locations in Judea and Samaria due to a budgetary shortfall. The letter also states that MDA will be scaling back its services in an additional nine locations spread across Judea and Samaria.

According to the statement, MDA will be closing its ambulance services in the following locations: Dolev, Elkana, Shavei Shomron, Tekoa, and the Regional Council area of Megillot by the Dead Sea. The nine locations that will see a significant cutback will include; Beitar Illit, Beit Arye, Alfei Menashe, the Jordan Valley, the city of Ariel, Ma’aleh Adumim, Givat Ze’ev and Shaked.

Following the announcement, the management of United Hatzalah has decided to reinforce its volunteers and add ambulance service in those areas in order to prevent a loss of life.

Founder and President of United Hatzalah Eli Beer said: “With the closure of these areas of service by Magen David Adom, United Hatzalah will be sending ambulances to these locations in order to prevent a loss of life. If need be, we will purchase additional ambulances in order to make sure that the residents of Judea and Samaria receive the proper care and are not held hostage by financial games. Continuing with our policy, all of the services provided by United Hatzalah, including ambulance transport, will be completely free.”