IMA chairman to PM: Get involved in doctors' dispute
By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVITCH
May 19, 2011 15:11
Israel Medical Association chairman Dr. Leonid Eidelman on Thursday called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is also formally health minister, to intervene urgently in the doctors’ crisis. So far, the prime minister has not gotten seriously involved, allowing senior Treasury wage officials to negotiate. But no advances have been made in over two months of talks.
Eidelman said that "for the first time in the state’s history, the State Comptroller has agreed that patients are dying due to the failure of the health system." The comptroller’s semi-annual report, just released on Tuesday, gave backing in its chapter on the Health Ministry to the IMA’s arguments during the current work dispute; serious shortages of doctors and overcrowding of hospitals are documented.
The report said that without solving the problem of overcrowding, the shortage of doctors and the lack of enough internal medicine specialists cannot be dealt with.