After some eight hours of deliberations by National Labor Court
president Nili Arad, the Finance Ministry, the Health Ministry and the
doctors’ non-state employers (Clalit Health Services, the Hadassah
Medical Organization and other voluntary hospitals) received a second
blow on Thursday night -- refusal by the Jerusalem court to issue
restraining orders against the Israel Medical Association, which began
sanctions three months ago.
Work rules "by the book" are officially set according to previous
contracts and Health Ministry regulations, but they are rarely carried
out because of the lack of medical manpower and infrastructure. The
appellants, who wanted the court to reverse the decision some 10 days
ago of the Tel Aviv Regional Labor Court not to forced the doctors to
work normally, were trying to head off the IMA decision to "work to
rules" starting July 1.
The judge ruled that the two sides will hold "intensive negotiations on
Sunday and then report back to the court on Monday." In the meantime,
the doctors will be allowed to work "by the book" but in a modified way
that will mean more moderate sanctions than they had planned, such as
residents doing only six night and weekend shifts -- instead of up to
14 in today’s reality -- per month.