Two resident physicians filed their resignation on Friday, while the third did so last week. In practice, their resignations will take effect in one month, at which point there will be no doctors left in the department, leaving many children without proper medical treatment.
Dozens of parents worried for their children have protested in front of Hadassa hospital on Friday, calling on Minister of Health Rabbi Yaakov Litzman and Hadassah Medical Center's director general, professor Zeev Rotstein, to act, while carrying signs saying: "Don't let greed kill our children."
The crisis broke out after a decision by the hospital director to perform bone marrow transplants for children at another department for adults caused the department's physicians to resign in protest.
The doctors believe the decision is fundamentally wrong and does not allow them to provide patients with the best care. Despite talks between the sides, the doctors and the hospital's administration failed to reach an agreement to resolve the crisis.
Officials at the Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Department explained the decision to resign came as a result of "fundamental professional disagreements" between the department's medical staff and the hospital administration. The medical staff has complained of a serious shortage in manpower, which they say puts the department on the verge of collapse.
(Translated and edited by Lior Mor)