Moshe Bar-Siman Tov, former director general of the Ministry of Health, the man his critics said he prevented from anxiety and hysteria while his supporters praised him for treating the corona virus was interviewed very openly for the main edition today. Is the biggest mistake he made in the job.
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“We went back to the routine instead of going back to the Corona routine. When we saw the numbers go up we didn’t fix it right away. It’s okay we tried but the problem is we didn’t fix the decision in time,” says Bar Siman Tov. “At first we went out in an orderly fashion, the studies in the lower grades were in capsules and then it eroded.”
Bar Siman Tov sees the opening of the education system as one of the main weaknesses of dealing with the corona: “The children got mixed up in classes and afternoons on shuttles. We started negotiating with the virus and he does not like being cornered. 200-300 teaching staff all over the country The virus is attacking. “
Fears of crowds: “Decisions need to be made quickly – people are less careful”
“This closure has a chance of succeeding because the studies are not taking place,” says the former CEO. “It is admittedly less effective than what we took in the first wave because people are less strict about the rules and there are more gatherings. That means the closure will have to be longer. “
The former director general of the Ministry of Health reveals a bit behind the scenes of decision-making: “In the first round the decisions were made quickly and were matter-of-fact and quick. The government has changed and something in the decision-making mechanism has changed. There is competition over who makes it easier for the public rather than who keeps the public healthy. When you take the time, the virus works – you have to work fast. “
“I feared in the first wave that the death toll could reach more than 5,000 and now there are scenarios of higher numbers,” warns Bar Siman Tov. “Difficult scenarios could have happened then and can happen today. If we reach winter with an increase in the number of difficult patients then the health system will not be able to give the answer and the numbers will go up.”
He said the health care system would be able to cope with an increase in the number of difficult patients but there would be a price to pay: “A lot of people can be hospitalized and the question is what is the price. Can we give the best care? Do we leave the hospital routine?”
Responds to criticism and attacks Naftali Bennett: “I did not leak from the cabinet”
During the recent period, there has been criticism of Bar Siman Tov’s performance, including the fact that he did not establish an effective epidemiological investigation system. “An investigation is an important thing and we recruited dozens and then hundreds of people,” he explains. “But even the best lineup will not allow us to return to a routine that is not a corona routine. Even in dozens of patients we will lose control of the disease. We look at this thing as a golden calf. There is no such thing as a miracle.”
The director general of the Ministry of Health responds to the criticism of right-wing chairman Naftali Bennett, mainly that some of the treatment did not go to the IDF or private companies: “This is a complete lie. We wanted to make sure things were done properly. We did not leak any conversation inside the cabinet or from a limited forum and were not interviewed – we migrated the plague. We brought achievements that were unparalleled in the world. “
“I have a hard time seeing the traffic light layout work,” says Bar Siman Tov. “A person who lives in Bnei Brak will not go to a restaurant in Ramat Gan? My son’s assistant in the green neighborhood of Jerusalem and she comes from a red neighborhood, will not come to work?”
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