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Nurses strike at Haifa hospital after violent assault on staff

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Nurses at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center held a strike for several hours Sunday morning in protest of the latest incident of violence by members of the public against medical staff.

A doctor and three nurses were assaulted on Saturday by relatives of a cancer patient from the Wadi Ara area. Staff were beaten and threatened by the family when the patient began bleeding. Guards summoned to the room were also assaulted.

Staff could not treat the patient, who eventually died.

Ilana Cohen, chairwoman of the National Association of Nurses, said that if the government did not take immediate action to fight such violence, “we’ll hold a strike throughout the entire health system.”

There have recently been multiple incidents of violence at hospitals across Israel, with warring clans and angry family members gathering outside medical........

© The Times of Israel

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