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Israel faces shortage of surgeons, association says

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 14 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1315
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. 1 Jerusalem

    Although 15 years ago Israel had one of the world’s highest ratios of doctor to population, the big fall in the number of doctors in unpopular specialties such as general surgery, anaesthesia, pathology, geriatrics, and neonatology is causing severe staffing problems in the country’s hospitals.

    The shortage of general surgeons is the latest to cause a crisis, and the Israel Surgical Association has begun holding “emergency meetings” in all the general hospitals to protest against the situation. Elective operations have been postponed while the meetings take place.

    The association’s chairman, Michael Krausz, …

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