According to the lawsuit filed with the Tel Aviv Magistrate Court, the staff of a Bnei Brak geriatric facility refused to summon a physician on Shabbos even though the elderly patient’s condition worsened.
According to the MyNet report, the staff refused to call a doctor when the condition of the 85-year-old woman took a turn for the worse. The woman was a resident of the geriatric facility since 2001.
The lawsuit says the incident occurred in February 2012. The family detected her respirations were labored and when they turned to the charge nurse, she told them “your mother will be the first seen by the doctor when he arrives on Sunday morning.” The lawsuit adds that the staff realized her condition was critical on motzei Shabbos, at which time she was transported immediately to Beilinson Hospital, where she died four days later.
The lawsuit states the nurse should have summoned a doctor when realizing the lady’s respirations were labored and not tell the family she would see a doctor on Sunday “when the doctor returns from his day off, Shabbos”.
The geriatric facility responded explaining it has just received the lawsuit and it is studying the details of the case.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)