(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
In the event of a general strike, health services will be affected, but only partially. Most of the general hospitals will observe a Shabbat schedule, with elective operations cancelled and outpatient clinics closed. But in private and voluntary (not governmental and not owned by Clalit Health Services) hospitals services should be normal.
Clalit said Tuesday that, in the event of a strike, all its clinic doctors would work as scheduled (the clinics will be opened by security personnel) but nurses, administrative, maintenance and paraprofessional workers would strike. Independent physicians who work for any of the health funds will work as usual.
Maccabi, Meuhedet and Leumi health services will provide full services.
Clalit's in-house pharmacies will be closed during a strike, but health fund members can purchase medications at Clalit's prices in pharmacies that have special arrangements with the health fund. Call *2700 for information on the location of these pharmacies. That information number will have more workers than usual on duty to respond to all calls, the health fund said.
Magen David Adom will operate as usual.
A failure by municipalities to collect garbage for an extended period would pose a public health risk, especially as a heat wave is forecast. Seal garbage in bags and try to prevent flies and other pests from reaching organic garbage.