President Shimon Peres called on the Treasury and the Histadrut labor federation to bring a speedy end to the nurses’ sanctions that have caused serious disruptions in public hospitals, clinics and other health facilities over the past four days.

Speaking on Wednesday night at the 60th anniversary celebration of the first graduating class of the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine in Jerusalem, Peres said the sanctions had already gone on for too long.

Women, children, patients and the nurses are suffering, he added.

Peres, speaking to over 1,000 physicians who had graduated from the medical school in the last six decades, said Israeli doctors are “moral, caring and very skillful. I salute you!” The nurses’ sanctions involve demands for higher wages and the recognition of nursing as a “preferred profession” that comes with increased benefits.

Talks between the Israel Nurses Association, Treasury and Histadrut on Thursday did not lead to any progress.

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