A few hours after financially troubled Hadassah Medical Organization’s
director-general Avigdor Kaplan announced the appointment of a top administrator
on Wednesday, negotiations between management and the works committee “exploded”
in a severe dispute.
Dr. Yuval Weiss, an anesthesiologist by training,
who has for several years been director-general of the Hadassah University
Medical Center in Ein Kerem, was recently given the new title of deputy medical
director of the Hadassah Medical Organization.
Now Kaplan has named
another anesthesiologist, Prof. Yoram Weiss (not related to Yuval) to the
new post of “medical director of the Ein Kerem hospital.”
A few days ago,
Prof. Weiss – who has worked at Hadassah for 22 years but has not been a senior
hospital administrator – resigned as head of the committee of Hadassah
department heads, a position in which he represented senior Hadassah doctors in
relation to management.
While the HMO spokeswoman said Dr. Yuval Weiss
will have a higher position than Prof. Weiss, she did not explain the
differences in his and Dr. Weiss’s responsibilities.
paid HMO’s 5,000 employees the second half of their wages for September only on
Wednesday, after telling them late last month that he had enough money to pay
only half of their salaries.
Kaplan, an insurance expert and HMO’s first
director-general who is not a physician, said that Yoram Weiss’s appointment is
“part of the reorganization that I have been advancing at Hadassah for the last
few months. This process recognizes that modern and advanced management is one
of the keys to success for the recovery program I am working
Hadassah workers’ union chief Amnon Bruchian said that “our sincere
efforts to reach a fair agreement that understands HMO’s situation and is
concerned for the security of its workers have so far been fruitless.”
charged HMO management with running negotiations “without good faith and trying
to create various manipulations to harm the rights of the employees. It is clear
that the only ones who will pay for the heavy price of recovery are the
maintenance and administrative workers – and that top management has no
intention of making changes high up.”
Bruchian said he and the Histadrut
will apply to the Regional Labor Court for a discussion of the issues” and that
the negotiations have been halted.