Hadassah Medical Center crisis: Supreme Court forced intensive mediation process

Today, the Israeli Supreme Court offered an intensive mediation process to solve the Hadassah Medical Center crisis. However, after the parents of the sick children refused, the Supreme Court decided to force the process.
At the court, today Photo credit: Channel 2 News

Today (Tuesday), the Israeli Supreme Court proposed that retiring judge and Vice President of the Supreme Court Elyakim Rubinstein will be the mediator in the Hadassah Medical Center crisis. Even after the parents rejected the proposal, the Supreme Court forced an intensive mediation process that will begin tomorrow morning. Outside the meeting, a fight between the parents and the director-general of the hospital Prof. Zeev Rotstein.

While the parents rejected the mediation process, Rotstein agreed. The doctors who resigned haven’t responded to the offer yet. The Health Ministry applauded the Supreme Court ruling and stated: “We hope that we will find a solution to the crisis through this framework.”

Rubinstein Photo credit: Judiciary Spokesperson/ Channel 2 News

“At this time, all eyes are on the mediation process,” Health Minister Yaakov Litzman said to the sick children’s parents. “I ask you to put the past behind us and give this process a real chance for the benefit of the children.”

Parents of sick kids on hunger strike Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

The doctors who resigned are hoping that they will be allowed to open a new department at Shaare Zedek Medical Center or return to Hadassah under the condition that Rotstein is fired. Meanwhile, Hadassah and the Health Ministry are striving for an agreement and claiming that the doctors rejected all propositions.

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