Health Ministry: Residents' resignation letters not legal

August 31, 2011 20:27


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The Health Ministry on Wednesday announced that resignation letters which medical residents turned in last month as part of the doctors' labor dispute which are scheduled to go into effect on September 4, are not legal and they will be required to come to work.

The resignation letters constitute an attempt to change work conditions by threatening to quit, a move that can not be made without the consent of the Israel Medical Association who represents doctors and medical residents. The approximately 1,000 medical residents and young doctors are threatening to follow through with the resignations due to dissatisfaction with the agreement reached by the IMA and the Finance Ministry to end the five-month old work dispute last week.

Despite the illegality of the move,the Hospital Management Office is preparing for the possibility that the residents may not show up for work on Sunday, when the resignation letters were scheduled to go into effect.

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