Laniado Hospital cuts elective procedures, D-G: 'I feel ashamed'

About half of non-urgent elective surgeries scheduled at Laniado Medical Center in Netanya have been pushed off to an unknown later date, the hospital announced on Sunday.
Additionally, 35% of outpatient and other institutional procedural appointments have been rescheduled.
"We are required to save and ration our equipment and services for urgent, life-saving procedures," explained Laniado director-general Nadav Chen. "In the financial crisis that all public hospitals are finding themselves in, the steady supply of medications and equipment has completely stopped."
"As a director-general in an Israeli hospital, I feel an immense sense of shame that I must limit hospital activity due to budget problems," he added.
Chen called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Israel Katz to intervene "immediately."
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