Archive for August 4th, 2012
A combat soldier in the Israel Defense Forces’ Kfir Brigade was hospitalized after reportedly being beaten by other soldiers in his unit. Apparently, behind the violence is an argument over seniority, and tensions between “greener” soldiers and longer-serving ones.
The cut in the Health Ministry budget for 2012 stood at NIS 18 million before the lately announced additional budget cuts, out of which NIS 9.4 million, was to come from scaled-back development plans for hospitals. Health Ministry officials say that cutbacks in past years created a deficit of NIS 230 million in hospital development programs. Thus, Abarbanel Mental Health Center in Bat Yam will not be renovated, although the rooftop is made of asbestos, the beds are rusty and the rooms are small and in bad condition.