LEONID EIDELMAN 370.
(photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
The Israel Medical Association, which signed a new contract with doctors’ public
employers after a long strike in 2011, declared a labor dispute on
IMA chairman Dr. Leonid Eidelman said the dispute was
connected to changes proposed by the Treasury as part of its economic
arrangements bill accompanying this year’s budget proposals.
before a struggle of economic decrees expected in the economic arrangements bill
that are liable to hurt doctors and endanger public health. We will not allow
harm to the contract; public health is not a table in an Excel program,” he
Eidelman said the Treasury’s wage chief did not respond to queries
raised by the IMA.
“We demand that unilateral moves not be taken by the
employers. We expect the Treasury wage chief to preserve existing labor
relations and collective agreements so he does not harm physicians’ work
The Treasury has contemplated a number of changes, from
taxing grants to doctors who agree to work in the periphery to limiting the
tenure of government hospital directors.
The IMA fears that massive cuts
expected in the state budget will violate Treasury agreements that were reached
at the end of the 2011 strike.
However, the Union of Public Hospital
Residents reacted to the IMA’s announcement by saying that they would not join a
strike without the medical association consulting them before making any
“Even though the agreement with the doctors is a bad one and
most doctors opposed it,” the union said, “our organization will not agree to
any worsening in conditions and any harm to public health.”
organization said that unfortunately “Dr.
Eidelman’s and the IMA
management’s running of things during the strike reduced [the] power of the IMA
and its legitimacy in the eyes of physicians. We will not join a strike this
time without the IMA consulting and coordinating things with us.”