Sheba Medical Center doctors to visiting State Control Committee members: There is a severe shortage of beds in the intensive care unit

State Control Committee members at Sheba

The Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer suffers from a severe shortage of beds in its intensive care unit, senior physicians at the hospital told members of the Knesset State Control Committee on Sunday.

For example, a man who was injured by gunfire has been treated at the hospital`s emergency room for the past four days because there is no bed for him in intensive care.

Emergency room director Dr. Yaakov Or told members of the committee, who toured the hospital on Sunday, that the construction of an advanced emergency center will be completed in about a year. The center will include six isolated stations, in order to prevent infections.

State Control Committee Chairwoman MK Karin Elharrar (Yesh Atid) said, ”The statistics are worrying. The doctors are doing their best, with a minimal amount of equipment, less than is required. We will work to increase the number of beds in the emergency room and in intensive care, by turning to the Health Minister and by routinely monitoring the issue in the committee.”