Doctors residents x-ray 311.
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Hundreds of rebel medical residents at hospitals in the center of the country and in Haifa returned to work on Monday, following a week of absenteeism over their dissatisfaction with the labor accord signed by the Israel Medical Association in August.
Health Ministry looks to get residents back to work
Now, at least two weeks of negotiations with the Treasury, mediated by former Supreme Court justice Yitzhak Zamir and University of Haifa legal expert Prof. Mordehai Mironi, will go on.
The Treasury has stated in advance that it will not break the nine-year accord it signed with the IMA but could make “adjustments” that satisfy the residents, who have been disrupting hospital routines for three months.
The talks will be intensive, said the High Court of Justice, which facilitated the return to work and the mediation. The two sides will report back to the court on progress a week after the talks reconvene.
The process of issuing contempt of court orders against the residents has been halted; doctors who continue to refuse to go back to work will still face such orders, the court said.