The State Control Committee held a meeting on Wednesday with the participation of hospital directors to discuss the congestion in hospitals due to the corona pandemic and the fear that they may cease to function.

“Government-owned hospitals have been instructed to build a ward and there is a budget. We, on the other hand, the private hospitals in Jerusalem with the high morbidity rate, are in financial difficulty, and when there is no money, it doesn’t work,” said Prof. Ofer Merin, director-general of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

“We are in the process of converting the hospital workers’ cafeteria into a corona ward that will be able to treat 55 patients, but I do not have the money to pay the suppliers in order for this to happen soon. The country is losing billions because of the lockdown, but there is no money for a corona ward,” Merin said.

Prof. Zeev Rotstein, CEO of the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, said “A lockdown is really not an effective solution. We are confining both healthy and sick people. After the lockdown, we will have new ‘super-infectors.”