A professional committee that will recommend ways of improving the supply of first aid, urgent pre-hospital care and medical evacuation services has been appointed by Israel’s Health Ministry. Currently, the country has an official first aid, rescue and blood supply organisation called Magen David Adom (MDA).

The new committee has been charged with harmonising the relationships among the various organisations that provide similar services and “examine all the issues in the network of urgent medical services and evacuation in the state”.

It is understood that the government’s intent is to eliminate conflicts between MDA and other bodies such as United Hatzalah, a volunteer group that does not charge for its services. MDA is bound by law to charge for its services.