Nitzan Horowitz orders increased supervision in health institutions after murder of 17-year-old

Melnik, 17, was hospitalized at the Ma'ale HaCarmel Mental Health Center in Zichron Ya'akov, where she met her suspected murderer.

 Health Nitzan Horowitz attends a press conference about the Coronavirus, in Jerusalem on August 29, 2021. (photo credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)
Health Nitzan Horowitz attends a press conference about the Coronavirus, in Jerusalem on August 29, 2021.
(photo credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)

Meretz leader and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz has ordered increased supervision on patients in health institutions after the murder of Yael Melnik, who was allegedly buried alive by a 47-year-old man who was working at the Ma'ale HaCarmel Mental Health Center in Zichron Ya'akov, N12 reported on Wednesday.

Melnik, 17, was hospitalized at the mental health facility for a period of time, and it was there that she met her suspected murderer. Their connection lasted for approximately a year, and Yael's grandmother had issued a restraining order against the older man.

The man allegedly buried her alive, and Melnik suffocated to death, investigators ruled. The man had also reportedly drugged her ahead of time.

Horowitz convened a discussion focusing on the issue of preventing harm to patients: "Our system must ensure that all patients are safe."

The institution where she was hospitalized claimed that they did not know about the connection between the two, nor did they know of the restraining order issued against the man suspected of the murder.

Calls to a mental health hotline in Israel doubled during the recent crisis, with many callers expressing anxiety about conditions within Israel. (credit: GETTY IMAGES/JTA)Calls to a mental health hotline in Israel doubled during the recent crisis, with many callers expressing anxiety about conditions within Israel. (credit: GETTY IMAGES/JTA)

Therefore, Horowitz sought to strengthen the supervision of various institutions with regard to examining and handling complaints, as well as to increase activities of prevention, training and raising awareness among employees in the health care system.