Rabbi Moshe Klein, who serves as the rav for Hadassah Hospitals in Jerusalem, appealed to the emergency room staffs with a request that if and when possible, to treat the religious patients first on erev Shabbos so they can be discharged in time for Shabbos.
According to a report by the daily Haaretz, the rav simply asked the emergency room staff to take the candle lighting time into consideration and to try to have religious people released from care in time, of course within the confines of medical triage, caring for the more serious cases ahead of the less serious ones.
Rav Klein explains that there is nothing new here and there is a directive in place from the hospital’s director, Professor Ze’ev Rothstein, and he is simply reminding the staff to comply with it whenever possible.
The Haaretz report continues by reporting some emergency staff gave statements the rabbi asked them to give priority to the religious people regardless of the severity of patients need for care. This of course contradicts what the rav reported.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)