The state applied Tuesday to the National Labor Court in Jerusalem -- at the request of the Finance Ministry -- demanding that the Israel Medical Association immediately stop the doctors’ sanctions to prevent "the intensification of the needless harm to the public that is planned on July 1."
The IMA said a few weeks ago that on July 1 doctors will take care of fewer patients and observe other limitations to "ensure patient safety." The Treasury reacted by saying it would request restraining orders against the IMA.
However, the Treasury’s plans were foiled when the Tel Aviv Regional Court rejected the Finance Ministry’s request, saying the doctors’ sanctions are "legitimate" and urged the two sides to negotiate. With July 1 very close, the Treasury has gone to a higher labor court to issue restraining orders.