doctors protest 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
In the battle for public opinion in the doctors’ strike, the physicians appear
to be making out far better than the Treasury.
Although sanctions by
public physicians have occurred intermittently since April, a new
Geocartolography Institute poll conducted for the Israel Medical Association has
found that the vast majority of of Israelis sympathize with the doctors and 77
percent don’t support the Treasury’s positions.
The representative sample
of 500 adults was conducted in May, with a polling error of up to 4.4 percentage
points. Seventy-three percent of those polled said they support the doctors’
struggle for better pay, while 86% were in favor of more manpower in the
hospitals and an improvement of medical services in the
Geocartography president Avi Degani said it was impressive
that “massive support” for the doctors’ cause continues despite the ongoing
sanctions. For some parameters, backing is even increasing, he said.
majority of those polled favored increasing the per-hour wage of young doctors
from NIS 42 to NIS 60. Women, more so than men, supported such a raise. People
with higher incomes and levels of education were less likely to justify the
Treasury’s positions than the rest.
The Finance Ministry stated this week
that although negotiations with the IMA have become more regular, no advances
have been made in the doctors’ positions.
No sanctions will be held on
Tuesday, the eve of Shavuot, and on Wednesday, the festival itself.
Thursday, outpatient clinics from Tel Aviv southward, including Tel Aviv
Sourasky, Assaf Harofeh, Wolfson, Barzilai, Kaplan, the two Hadassah University
Medical Centers, Sha’are Zedek Medical Center, Soroka and Josephthal will be
More sanctions, albeit less severe ones than those that have been
called in recent weeks, are expected next week.