Ash warns hospitals against delaying medical care to unvaccinated patients

Written by on September 27, 2021

As Israel prepares for the rollout of new Green Pass rules on Sunday, Health Minister Director-General Nachman Ash has warned hospitals that they cannot prevent any individual who does not adhere to the rules from receiving medical treatment.

In a letter sent to hospital managers on Monday, Ash said that “a Green Pass check cannot be required at the entrance to the hospital,” even for people coming for non-urgent care, because medical services are a basic right of citizens regardless of whether they were vaccinated or have tested negative for the virus. 

He further added that it is a patient’s right to have a caregiver if needed for assistance.

“I am aware of the need and importance of taking steps to prevent coronavirus infections within the hospital,” Ash said. “In general, such activity is required and welcome, but it must be done in accordance with the rules regarding the application of the Green Pass, which was not applied to medical institutions consciously and intentionally.”

He did say that hospitals could request patients take rapid antigen tests before non-urgent medical procedures that could put service teams at risk and that they could offer unvaccinated patients to postpone performing non-urgent procedures until they are vaccinated or the virus has dissipated. 

The tightened Green Pass rules, which require people to have been either vaccinated or recovered within the last six months, begin October 3. Researchers from Hebrew University have said they are hopeful that the guidelines will help decrease infection.

The coronavirus cabinet is expected to meet on Sunday for the first time in a month to discuss potential additional changes to the country’s COVID policies.

 Shaare Zedek hospital team members wearing safety gear as they work in the Coronavirus ward of Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem on September 23, 2021.  (credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90) Shaare Zedek hospital team members wearing safety gear as they work in the Coronavirus ward of Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem on September 23, 2021. (credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)

Already on Monday, the Health Ministry reported a decline in the number of daily cases, serious cases and the reproduction rate – the “R.”

There were 3,208 people diagnosed with coronavirus on Sunday, it said, with a positivity rate of only 4.26%. The number of serious cases declined to 671, including 207 who were intubated. 

The R dropped to 0.76, a number that health officials have said would indicate a decline in morbidity. 

The death toll rose by around 35 people, however, to 7,684.

The Health Ministry celebrated on Monday that some 2,100 nursing graduates passed their licensing examination and can join the workforce, helping to fill gaping voids inside Israel’s overcrowded hospitals. 

In addition, some 4,800 nursing students will begin their studies after the Sukkot holiday.

“The human capital that will be absorbed into the system is a blessing and reinforcement for the medical forces on all fronts,” Ash said. 

Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.

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