Ichilov underground hospital 521.
(photo credit: Nir Elias/Reuters)
Contrary to the Israel Medical Association’s announcement last Thursday on
doctors’ sanctions this week, they will affect only outpatient clinics in
general, psychiatric and geriatric hospitals from Sheba Medical Center at Tel
Hashomer and northward, and not diagnostic institutes and day hospitals. The IMA
spokeswoman said on Sunday that it had not reduced sanctions but had erred in
its previous announcement.
On Sunday, only outpatient clinics in this
region were closed. On Monday, outpatient clinics will be closed in the southern
half of the country, from Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and southward. On
Tuesday, the same schedule will be in effect as on Sunday, but in hospitals from
On Wednesday, the Monday schedule will be in effect in
Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and southward. Health fund clinics and district
health offices will function as usual.
On Thursday, all public medical
institutions will function normally, the IMA said.
The Finance Ministry
negotiators and the IMA’s representatives met on Sunday to discuss pensioners’
payments and senior doctors’ wage scales. The IMA also requested daily talks,
but the Treasury did not immediately respond.