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Hadassah administrative, maintenance staff to reduce functioning of HMO, hospitals to minimum
By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
14/05/2014
Doctors and creditors are now scheduled to vote on recovery agreement only on Tuesday.
 
Administrative and maintenance workers at the two Hadassah University Medical Centers in Jerusalem are set to work on a minimal emergency schedule from 11 a.m. on Thursday.

The Histadrut labor federation said the workers would protest and disrupt the hospitals’ functioning because “the Treasury retracted conditions in the proposed recovery agreement to which it had already agreed.” The Histadrut said the workers will go out into the streets and demonstrate.

“Public responsibility requires that they immediately carry out agreements reached to save the Hadassah Medical Organization,” said Histadrut official Avi Nissenkorn.

Meanwhile, the planned vote on the recovery plan by Hadassah doctors and hundreds of creditors, which was due to be held Thursday after one postponement, will be postponed again to Tuesday.

The results are supposed to be brought to the Jerusalem District Court on the following Thursday.

Hundreds of Hadassah staffers attended workers’ assemblies on Wednesday to hear reports on the situation.

As a result of the Thursday sanctions, outpatient clinics, diagnostic institutes, day treatments and ambulatory services will not be in service. Surgeons will operate only on urgent cases, and even in delivery rooms, dialysis units, fertility departments and intensive care units services will be somewhat reduced due to fewer staffers on duty.

Demonstrations are set to be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday near the old Hamashbir Lazarchan department store on King George Street and from 12.30 p.m. at Paris Square not far from the Prime Minister’s Residence.
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