Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman .
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Deputy Attorney-General Dina Zilber wrote to the directors-general of the Health and Finance ministries objecting to the fact that longtime Sheba Medical Center director-general Prof. Zeev Rotstein will apparently not take up his post as director-general of the Hadassah Medical Organization on January 1 as scheduled.
The Health Ministry, when asked for an explanation, said that Rostein “asked to complete Sheba projects that he was involved with before being selected” (with strong backing from Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman) for the Jerusalem job at HMO. The ministry said it was “acting for as speedy an entrance as possible” for Rotstein to Hadassah, which has been suffering for years from a plethora of financial, manpower and other problems.
At the same time that Zilber complained on Wednesday about the delay, she voiced her objection to critical statements Rotstein has made against Michal Abadi-Boyanjo, the Treasury’s accountant-general who previously was deputy director-general of the Health Ministry in charge of supervising the four public health funds. Abadi-Boyanjo had criticized Rotstein for various private projects he furthered and carried out at Sheba, which is a government hospital.
Zilber said the attorney-general did not feel that Rotstein’s statements and behavior prevented him from running HMO, but if the two ministries insisted his entrance was “so urgent,” Zilber asked, why was he not starting his job on January 1.