man in hospital bed with nurse 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Israel Nurses Union will hold a one-day “warning strike” on Sunday to
protest the overburdening of the health system in clinics and hospitals. Nurses
will work according to a reduced Shabbat schedule.
The sanctions will
include not only the hospitals and clinics but also the family health (Tipat
Halav) centers, district health offices and schools.
Union head Ilana
Cohen announced the work action after having a meeting at Histadrut labor
federation headquarters in Tel Aviv with its chairman Ofer Eini, Treasury wage
chief Ilan Levin and professional teams. Cohen said the session was
She maintained her colleagues were “collapsing” due to the
severe shortage of nurses and rising number of patients.
is a catastrophe. This is an impossible situation that harms the quality of care
for all Israelis. I feel I have the obligation to sound the warning bell. If no
solution is found, the situation will just get worse,” Cohen said.
Finance Ministry spokesman said it did “not see any reason for the strike on
“The nurses are covered by a wage agreement and manpower
arrangements that were signed by the Histadrut and in effect until the end of
this year. They are obligated to observe industrial quiet,” he said in a
In the last few months, “the Finance and Health Ministries
have been involved in a process aimed at increasing the number of nurses and
reducing the burden in the profession, but a strike now, especially during the
winter, is not legitimate and causes unnecessary harm to patients,” the
A Jerusalem meeting to discuss the situation will be held
Friday. It will be attended by Cohen, Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman,
Deputy Finance Minister Yitzhak Cohen, Treasury wage chief Ilan Levin and deputy
budgets director Moshe Bar-Siman-Tov.