Doctors residents x-ray 311.
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Representatives of hundreds of hospital residents are due to sign a mediated
agreement Wednesday that will bring an end to three months of upheaval by the
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The doctors were unhappy with the nine-year labor
accord reached at the end of August between the Israel Medical Association and
What Treasury wage negotiators were unable to achieve in nine
months of talking with doctors was apparently accomplished in two weeks by
Yitzhak Zamir, a former Supreme Court justice, and Mordehai Mironi of the
University of Haifa Law Faculty. This followed Labor Court and Supreme
Court rulings that prevented young doctors from the center of the country and
Haifa from resigning en masse in protest.
According to a statement by
former Hadassah Medical Organization director-general Shlomo Mor-Yosef, the deal
with not break the official agreement signed by the IMA, but will make
additional payments and grants for residents, especially for extra work such as
working exclusively in the public hospitals instead of moonlighting elsewhere.
Mor-Yosef is a temporary adviser to the Health Ministry on the dispute and has
sat in on negotiations during the last three sessions.
The deal will also
reduce the number of monthly off-hour shifts to six and give them a guaranteed
day off every week. Throughout the mediation, the lawyers kept in mind
the fact that breaking the IMA accord would be a dangerous precedent that would
encourage rebellions by small groups unhappy with labor agreements signed by
Although the accord was not signed Tuesday,
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz welcomed an announcement that discussions
between medical residents and the Finance Ministry had produced positive results
and a final draft agreement had been drawn up.
“Our people came to an
agreement that is good for the public health system,” Steinitz said during a
ceremony in Ashdod. He said he hoped the medical system will start a new
path that is good for patients and doctors.
Deputy Health Minister
Ya’acov Litzman, who was given details of the proposed agreement by Mor-Yosef
only on Monday, and ministry director-general Ronni Gamzu said they stood behind
it because it focused on improving the work conditions and pay of
It will set down a mechanism that will examine the according
after half of the nine years have passed to allow agreed-upon “repairs” and
active cooperation by the residents and young specialists in the process.