Hospital Bed 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Without headlines, rancor or warning strike that lasted longer than a day, the
Finance Ministry and the Israel Nurses Association have reached an agreement on
ways to cope with overcrowding in the public hospitals, increase the number of
nurses in the profession and improve their work conditions.
official announcement on Thursday, the Treasury said that it and the Health
Ministry had signed an agreement with the union.
Nursing schools around
the country will be expanded, while scholarships will be awarded for those
nurses who agree to work in the public sector. In addition, higher pay will be
given to nurses who choose to work more than the five shifts per week that they
are ordinarily given. Nurses in internal medicine departments and emergency
departments, as well as nurses in general working in the South, will get rental
The elderly who need geriatric care after acute
hospitalization will have more places where they can be institutionalized, thus
freeing up additional beds in overburdened internal medicine
In addition, more internal medicine departments will be
opened, and 116 job slots will be allocated for nurses in emergency
The Treasury said that the program comes in addition to the one
set down in February 2011 to strengthen the public health system.
Finance Minister MK Yitzhak Cohen (Shas) welcomed the agreement and praised the
nurses for their hard word and devotion.
“We made every effort to help
and find solutions for their unique problems,” he said.
Wage chief Ilan
Levin added that he was pleased that an agreement was reached without the work
relations suffering harm.