Finance Minister Yair Lapid ordered Treasury wage chief Kobi Amsalem and deputy
budgets head Moshe Bar- Simantov to immediately transfer the full budget
necessary to pay bonuses to hospital residents studying a specialty in hospitals
in the periphery, or in fields where there is a manpower shortage.
grants were approved by the Treasury when it signed a wage contract with the
Israel Medical Association in August 2011. However, in recent weeks, the
Treasury seemed to be backtracking and refusing to pay the generous grants –
tens of thousands of shekels or more per person – to the doctors, saying there
was no funding for them.
Lapid told IMA chairman Dr. Leonid Eidelman on
Thursday that he had instructed the senior two ministry officials to transfer
the grant money without delay.
“The medical residents are at the
forefront of medical care to the citizen. We put our lives in their hands, and
concern for proper working conditions is critical. I will not allow the public
healthcare system to collapse. The State of Israel will honor the agreements it
has signed,” Lapid said.