Panel decries nurse, doctor shortages

Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, Jerusalem Post, July 7, 2010 Litzman: No new ministry budget unless demographic changes addressed. Establishing a new profession of nurse assistants; attracting Israelis studying medicine abroad and Western doctors to make aliya; attempting to close three international medical schools and finding more places for clinical teaching in hospitals are among the recommendations of a committee of experts on ways to cope with the looming shortage of doctors and nurses here. The 64-page report was presented Monday by its chairman, Health Ministry chief economist Dr. Tuvia Horev, to Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman after two years of study and deliberations. ... Panel