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Tzfat Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Calls For Dialogue Between Doctors And Hadassah – High Court Appoints A Mediator

Tzfat Sephardi Chief Rabbi HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Eliyahu Shlita is calling on Hadassah pediatric oncologists and hospital administration to enter into dialogue, which should also include Health Minister Yaakov Litzman. He added that physicians responsible for children should not be striking, bringing pesukim from Parshas Hashavua, Chukas referring to the ‘nachash hanechoshes’, healing and how pikuach nefesh supersedes Shabbos – showing the significance of saving lives as being of paramount importance.

Rabbi Eliyahu fears the strike may lead to loss of life among the pediatric victims chas v’sholom, citing police and soldiers are other groups of professionals prohibited from striking.

In a related matter, on Tuesday 3 Tammuz, the parents of the children rejected an arbitration recommendation from the High Court of Justice, which heard the case during the morning hours. However, Justice Yoram Danziger would not hear of it, appointing recently-retired High Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein as mediator between the sides, adding Rubinstein has already informed the court of his willingness to act in this capacity without a fee.

The case was filed by attorney Shraga Elad, who represented the parents, who explained, “The petitioners are willing to attend arbitration efforts as there were many suggestions. There was an agreement towards mediation, including within the Health Ministry, and despite the fact that the ministry’s Director-General gave the green light, the next day, the minister shot that down”.

After hearing Justice Danziger appointed Justice Rubinstein to mediate between the parties, Health Minister Yaakov Litzman issued the following statement: “I am asking you to put the past behind us and to provide a real opportunity for this step, for the benefit of the children, and we are seeking to bridge honestly and transparently, in order to find a solution to the difficult crisis as quickly as possible for the good of the dear children.”

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

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  1. HaRav Shmuel Eliyahu Shlita says “physicians responsible for children should not be striking” – the doctors aren’t striking. They quit. The doctors say that treating children in an adult cancer ward is not responsible.
    “Rabbi Eliyahu fears the strike may lead to loss of life” on the other hand Hadassah Hospital CEO Rothstein on March 7, that they will “take on the responsibility of caring for children.

    It seems that high paying foreign cancer patients will get treated in Jerusalem and pediatric cancer patients will be sent to Beer Sheva (far away from parents and family).

    Now if only Share Tzedek Hospital would be allowed to open a children’s cancer/bone marrow transplant department without sanctions for hiring these senior oncologists then the issue would quickly resolve.

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