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Dr. Eitan Hai-Am, who resigned from his position as director-general of the Health Ministry six weeks ago due to conflict with Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman, has a new job. He will serve as director-general of the private Assuta Medical Centers.
Hai-Am, who was a Clalit Health Services executive and Soroka University Medical Center director-general before his eight-month tenure at the ministry, will be replaced next week by Dr. Roni Gamzu, who is leaving his post as director-general of Ichilov Hospital at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and was Litzman’s personal choice.
Hai-Am, who was chosen by a committee to replace the retiring Prof.
Yair Shapira, was unwilling to work with Litzman owing to his policy –
since overruled by the cabinet – against moving ancient bones found
near Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center. The government recently
decided to move the bones so that an urgently needed fortified
emergency department could be built on the site to protect patients and
staffers against the threat of rockets from terrorists in Gaza.
Hai-Am will take up his Assuta position after the cooling-off period of
a few months required of public servants going into the private sector.
Assuta chairman Prof. Yehoshua Shemer – himself a longtime Health
Ministry director-general – said the board of directors thanked Shapira
for his many years of work in developing and expanding the chain of
private hospitals. Assuta Medical Centers, with hundreds of beds for
surgical and other patients, are located in Tel Aviv, Rishon Lezion,
Beersheba, Haifa and Ashkelon.