Nurses to intensify sanctions as doctors continue strike

June 27, 2011 15:52

As public hospital doctors continue their sanctions -- closing outpatient clinics half of the country from Sheba Medical Center and northwards on Tuesday -- the Israel Nurses Association said Monday that they will intensify their sanctions the same day and reduce by hundreds the number of beds in all internal medicine departments.

The doctors sanctions have gone on for over 80 days, while the nurses’ protests began only last week to show their displeasure over the Treasury’s "failure to keep promises" of additional nursing manpower slots in internal medicine departments and intensive care units.

The union, headed by Ilana Cohen, previously reduced the number of internal medicine beds by hundreds to a maximum of 100 percent capacity, but as the Treasury did not respond, they decided to continue.

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