Alex Miller 248 88 aj.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
As part of the health system’s fight to eliminate violence against medical
staffers, the Knesset Labor, Social Affairs and Health Committee on Monday
approved its second and third reading in the plenum of a bill allowing directors
of institutions to keep a violent troublemaker off the premises.
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private member’s bill, initiated by Israel Beiteinu MKs Alex Miller, Anastasia
Michaeli and David Rotem, stipulated that the hospital or clinic director can
prevent entrance for the next year if a person has committed acts of physical or
verbal violence, including threats and damage to the premises.
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perpetrator, whether a patient or an accompanying person, has to be warned in
writing that if the violation is repeated, entrance to the medical institution
will be disallowed. However, if the perpetrator requires urgent medical care,
the hospital will allow them in.
Committee chairman MK Haim Katz (Likud)
welcomed the initiative as a “first achievement in the effort against violence
in the hospitals and other medical facilities. We will continue to fight the
ugly phenomenon and not allow those doing holy work to be
Miller noted that acts of violence against doctors, nurse
and others “are a worrisome and horrible phenomenon whose incidence is growing
all the time. The law will make people think twice before they threaten or harm
people sent to save lives and treat their health and that of their loved
Drs. Yehiel Arkin and Katalina Markovich, both community
physicians, argued the bill is not suited to medical institutions in the
community and should be expanded to allow immediate and without warning removal
of physically and verbally violent people and include sanctions against them.