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(photo credit: Piotr Fliter/Ramban Medical Center)
At least 200 medical students from all departments staged a protest outside of Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv on Friday, demanding improvements in Israel's healthcare system and pledging support for the months long battle being waged by doctors and residents across the country .
At least 322 of the 400 students in their sixth year of medical school signed a petition saying they would not begin their residencies next year unless better conditions were implemented, Israel Radio reported.
Labor Court issues injunction against medical residents
Police block protesting doctors from entering IMA offices
Demonstrators said the protest at Ichilov was only the first step, and that they plan on bringing their requests next to the Finance and Health ministries. Some chanted "Knesset, wake up, the health care system is crumbling."
According to the medical students, they have joined residents who, late
Wednesday night, received an injunction
against their protest by the
National Labor Court for not coordinating their strike with the Israel
And, what appeared to begin this week as a “rebellion” by “ignored” medical residents and interns, turned on Thursday into a “reconciliation” between them and veteran physicians in the Israel Medical Association as they met at IMA headquarters in Ramat Gan.
Instead of calls to abandon the 20,000-member doctors’ association and set up a separate organization for the youngest, hardest-working and poorest-paid sector, the residents and interns said the real struggle was against the government and the Treasury, to get them to spend NIS 5 billion over the next eight years to improve pay, increase manpower in the wards and boost working conditions, and provide incentives for physicians in the periphery and in specialties with too-few doctors.
Dr. Yona Weissbuch, a medical resident who graduated from Tel Aviv
University’s Sackler Medical Faculty, and is studying at the Rabin
Medical Center-Beilinson Campus to specialize in ear-nose-and- throat,
told The Jerusalem Post
Treasury tried to “divide and rule” doctors by separating the young from
the veteran and besmirching better-paid senior physicians.
is chairman of the four-year-old MIRSHAM voluntary organization of some
800 residents and interns, but has a list of around 5,000 doctors and
medical students who receive ongoing information. He told the Post
they don’t intend to bolt the IMA and set up their own organization to
represent them as a union in labor court deliberations or to negotiate a