Hadassah Ein Kerem's organ transplant unit shut down for a month over labor dispute

As a result of the conflict the condition of a teenage girl who underwent a kidney transplant has deteriorated.

November 2, 2014 13:33
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Man lying in a hospital bed at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem [illustrative].. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

The Health Ministry ordered the halt for a month of organ transplants at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem over the weekend. Ministry director-general Prof. Arnon Afek said that the decision was “in coordination with the recommendation of Prof. Rafael Beyar, director-general of Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center and chairman of Israel Transplant, who visited the Jerusalem hospital to survey what has been going on at Hadassah.

A dispute between management and Hadassah doctors over the dismissal of physicians as part of its recovery program led to irregularities in the function of the organ transplant unit that reportedly endangered patients. As a result of the conflict, a surgeon who has less experience in transplants in recent years was assigned by management to perform a kidney transplant on a teenage girl instead of the surgeon that management wanted to fire, and her condition deteriorated.

Hadassah consulted with a leading transplant surgeon at the Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson campus who identified the cause of the deterioration. She underwent another operation and is now improving.

The doctors charge that the current management is amateurish and incompetent.

As a result of the incident, the ministry decided to stop temporarily the performance of organ transplants at Hadassah. The Hadassah Medical Organization spokeswoman did not issue a comment on the matter.

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