DOCTORS AT Kaplan Hospital 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
There will be no doctors’ sanctions until after the festival of Pessah, during
which they will be “suspended,” the Israel Medical Association announced on
This is not really a gesture of goodwill, however, as there are
many fewer procedures in hospitals during this and other major holidays and
fewer doctors on duty.
“Even though we have not yet seen real progress in
the positions of the employers [the Treasury and other hospital owners], out of
responsibility to the public, the IMA’s management decided that from now until
the end of Pessah, all organizational steps including strikes and sanctions will
We hope that this window of opportunity will lead the
Treasury to prepare a real program to solve the problem and save the public
health system,” the IMA said. Thus ,the last day of the warning strikes and
sanctions in the public hospitals until after Pessah was Wednesday.
Treasury commented that after Thursday’s negotiations, which did not lead to
progress, the “Finance Minister reiterates that only when the heads of the IMA
drop their demand for a wage increase for all doctors will the discussions be
able to advance.”