doctors protest 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Health and Finance Ministries on Tuesday requested that the Tel Aviv
Regional Labor Court issue an injunction forbidding the Israel Medical
Association and doctors working in public hospitals from further work
the request for an injunction, doctors continued their sanctions in the
center of the country. The affected hospitals will be Sheba, Tel Aviv
Sourasky, both the Beilinson and Hasharon Campuses of the Rabin Medical
Center, Schneider, Wolfson, Assaf Harofeh, Meir, Shalvata, Geha, Beit
Rivka, Beit Loewenstein, Pardesia, Netanya’s geriatric hospital and
The requests stated that the IMA is taking advantage
of its power to advance the interests of its members. The government
ministries added that they would offer doctors accelerated negotiations,
monitored by the court or arbitration.
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The court was to discuss the request Wednesday afternoon.
On Thursday, only oncological surgery and other urgent operations were
expected to be performed in all the hospitals. The rest of hospital
activities were to carry on.
The Treasury and the IMA have been negotiating a new wage contract more
than a decade after talks over a previous contract led to 127 days of
sanctions in 2000.
The labor court, the doctors said, “is not a threat for us, as the IMA
is taking moderate steps out of responsibility to the public,” and when
the court goes into the depth of the problems and sees the way
negotiations have been held, it will be on the IMA’s side.
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