The Committee for the Defeat of Violence in the Health System began its work today. Nofar Cararo, the daughter of the late nurse Tova Cararo, said to the committee: "My mother’s unnecessary death could have been prevented, I came with the belief that this reality can change, that people would not go to work out of fear that they would not return home."
Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman: "Doctors, nurses, caregivers and administration staff cannot be threatened, they must be protected and be safe in their work, injury is not only physically but also verbally, I trust the committee and give it full freedom of action to reach suitable conclusions and prevent violence in the health system.”
The Minister of Health, Rabbi Yaakov Litzman, said at the beginning of the committee: "I would like to mention the late nurse Tova Cararo, whose daughter participates here with us in this important discussion. Tova, a nurse, was killed by a patient for no fault of her own. We are committed to Tova’s memory and prevent similar cases in the future. Doctors, nurses, caregivers, and administration staff cannot be threatened. They must be safe and secure in their work. Injury is not only physical but also verbal, I trust the committee and gives it full freedom of action in order to reach suitable conclusions and prevent violence in the health system.
The Health Minister added: I would like to go back and condemn a certain statement that was said on the radio by a media person who justified injury to medical personnel on the weird and seemingly dangerous claim. "The medical staff sometimes bring it upon themselves…" At the time, I get upset and I think is right to condemn it and to say that this is a dangerous and unworthy statement. There is no justification for violence. There is no reason in the world to raise a hand on a doctor or nurse. This is unthinkable.
Health Ministry Director-General Moshe Bar-Siman Tov added: "The trigger for the commission was the murder of the lateTova Cararo, who was on one side so terrible, and on the other hand – he was not in anything we could explain to ourselves and raised everyone’s traumas. We must become more alert to the verbal violence and also “shaming”. We also understand that the Health System lives within the people of Israel and the phenomena we see are manifestations of broader phenomena of violence in Israeli society and we have to deal with the complexity and the difficulty they create for us and lead the correction from within the system… "
Prof. Shlomo Mor Yosef, Chairman of the Committee: "Nofar Cararo is here with us today in the committee, and this strengthens the importance that we all gather here and see what we can do to reduce violence on the one hand and to raise the sense of personal security of medical teams in the different systems. Our goal is also to share and hear the public so that we can improve and the committee is open to everyone".
Tova Cararo’s daughter Nofar Cararo Aslan said: "My mother used to tell us a lot of stories about her exposure to violence. That there are a lot of patients who shout, that they curse, that they threaten, that there are drug addicts trying to steal syringes but no one took it seriously enough, this was her work environment and I do not think that’s the way it should be. I think that the unnecessary death of my mother could have been prevented, I came with the belief that this reality can change, that people would not go to work out of fear that they would not return home. My mother could not be returned anymore."
Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman, Director of the Ministry of Health Moshe Bar Siman Tov and Prof. Shlomo Mor Yosef, Chairman of the Committee