As the nurses’ sanctions continued Wednesday on its 17th day, health experts worried that if it continues for much longer, not only will tens of thousands of operations and other medical procedures be postponed, but outbreaks of diseases could occur.
Since the sanctions began by 28,000 nurses in hospitals and community health facilities, vaccinations of infants, schoolchildren and adults have not been carried out. The Israel Pediatrics Society warned that thousands of babies and toddler have not received shots against whooping cough, chicken pox, measles, hepatitis A and B, polio, diphtheria, tetanus and other diseases. In addition, the Health Ministry’s district health offices have also not given travellers vaccinations.
As a result, those who can afford it have been going privately for vaccinations, but those who cannot have gone without. Some hospital patients or their families have hired private nurses to take care of them in the public hospitals -- or gone to private hospitals where nurses do not strike.