Litzman calls for an advanced scanner in every hospital

Today, there is only one MRI scanner in all of the North, serving a million residents.

May 11, 2010 05:41
Litzman calls for an advanced scanner in every hospital

litzman 248 88. (photo credit: Judy Seigel)


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An MRI or PET/CT scanning machine for every hospital in the country is the goal of Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman, who said so on Sunday during a tour of Carmel Medical Center in Haifa.

Today, there is only one MRI (magnetic resonance instrument) scanner in all of the North (at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center), and it serves a catchment area with a million residents.

Litzman added that there is an immediate need for 1,600 hospital beds around the country plus 400 intensive care beds.

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“We are waiting for the end of the government freeze on government manpower slots, and then we will present a request for another 1,600 beds, which are so necessary,” he said.

The Treasury is the roadblock to the expansion of hospital beds and the accompanying medical manpower.

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