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(photo credit: Piotr Fliter/Ramban Medical Center)
If hundreds of medical residents and two dozen specialists resign within a few
weeks to protest the new labor agreement, the most affected departments will be
internal medicine (129 resignations), pediatrics (70), orthopedics (67),
obstetrics/gynecology (57) and general surgery (41).
Ministry’s medical branch said Monday that 80 percent of the resignation
letters, signed in early September, would take effect between October 4 and
October 8, after Rosh Hashana. A total of 702 resignations were submitted by
medical residents and 32 medical specialists.
The hospitals where they
work are Tel Aviv Sourasky (142 resignation letters); Rambam Medical Center in
Haifa (102); Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer (100); Meir in Kfar Saba
(100); Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva (71); Bnei Zion in Haifa (41); Assaf
Harofeh in Tzrifin (33); Wolfson in Holon (31); Schneider Children’s Medical
Center in Petah Tikva (30); Hadassah University Medical Centers in Jerusalem
(24); Kaplan in Rehovot (11); Emek Medical Center in Afula (7); Carmel Medical
Center in Haifa (4); Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba (1); Shalvata
Mental Health Center in Beer Ya’acov (5).
Medical branch head Dr. Chezy
Levy has prepared detailed plans for dealing with such a crisis, if it
Outpatient clinics will minimize their services; the number of
nurses and midwives in obstetrics departments will be increased; and
non-emergency operations will be reduced to a minimum.
have a serious shortage of manpower will be assisted by duty doctors in the
Senior doctors will do work that residents usually do. Even
pensioner physicians could be called in to help. Additionally, vacations by
department heads and other senior doctors will be canceled in the eventuality
Levy said that the departments and services that are
most urgent and cannot be affected by resignations include delivery departments,
internal medicine, oncology, in-vitro fertilization, chemotherapy, dialysis and
operations for which patients have been waiting for more than three
The Health Ministry’s situation room will operation around the
A senior ministry official said it was unfortunate that residents
and others who signed resignation letters were so adamant about trying to
abrogate the labor agreement signed in late August between the Treasury (and
other employers) and the Israel Medical Association, as it could not be canceled.
He said that residents should be mature and sit down to talk
to try to reach an understanding, and that the young doctors were mistaken if
they thought they could all resign and find work in biotech in Israel or other