Paramedical workers to continue strike

The Histadrut labor federation and Eli Gabai, the head of the health workers union in the federation, provided a specific reason for the strike.

May 28, 2018 17:38
United Hatzalah Medics

Paramedic 370. (photo credit: United Hazala)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


A strike by some 5,000 physiotherapists, dietitians, speech therapists, occupational therapists, dental hygienists, genetic counselors, art therapists and other paramedical workers in the public health system that began on Sunday in hospitals and community health clinics around the country, will continue to strike on Tuesday.

The Histadrut labor federation and Eli Gabai, the head of the health workers union in the federation, said the reason for the strike is the “shortage of manpower slots and a decline in standards for the employment of workers in the paramedical sector [by hiring contract workers], which led to the expansion of workload, abusive forms of employment and severe injury to workers and quality of service to the public.”

The ongoing general strike will include paramedical workers employed by the Health Ministry, Clalit Health Services, Meuhedet Health Services, the Hadassah Medical Organization, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, mental health centers and other institutions.

So far it has caused considerable anguish to patients recovering from a stroke and to patients with physical disabilities or speech problems. It also impacts those who have waited weeks or months to get an appointment.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

May 27, 2019
Teva agreed to pay Oklahoma $85m to settle opioid claims