Nurses went on strike this week in protest over salary cuts and overstretched and under-resourced workload. The nurses' labor action underscored the findings of a report released by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies last week, which concluded that systemic failures in planning, budgeting and regulation by the government have resulted in an acute shortage of beds, inefficiencies and gaps in accessibility of treatment in Israeli hospitals.

The study by Professor Dov Chernichovsky and Roi Kfir showed that Israel lags behind others in the 36-member Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in number of hospital beds, and has shorter hospital stays and particularly high occupancy rates.

KAN's Naomi Segal heard more about the report findings and recommednations from Prof. Chernichovsky a health economist and professor emeritus of Ben Gurion University of the Negev.