Public hospitals run on reduced Shabbat schedule

Israel Medical Association continues sanctions; doctors plan symbolic Lag Ba'omer bonfire in TA to declare they won't "put out fires" in system.

May 22, 2011 03:04
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All public hospitals will function according to a reduced Shabbat schedule on Sunday, as Israel Medical Association physicians continue their sanctions.

Some will hold a symbolic bonfire on Lag Ba’omer to declare that “doctors are unwilling to continue to put out fires” in the health system. Some medical interns will not work during the event, which will be held in the Reading parking lot in Tel Aviv, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Health-fund community clinics will not be affected all week.

On Monday, hospital outpatient clinics, day hospitals and diagnostic institutes will close down in the southern half of the country, from Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.

On Tuesday, the same thing will occur in hospitals in the northern half of the country, from Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer.

There will be no sanctions on Wednesday, the IMA said, but on Thursday, there will be an assembly of medical staffers who work with radiation – including cardiologists, urologists, anesthesiologists, gastroenterologists, orthopedists, lung specialists, vascular surgeons and nuclear-medicine specialists.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., they will attend the assembly about the manpower shortages in their fields. The location of the assembly has not yet been announced, but the event will cause many disruptions in non-emergency operations and in hospital outpatient-clinic functioning.

The doctors have for two months been protesting against the Treasury’s “refusal to negotiate fairly” their demands for higher wages, increased manpower and restructuring the health system.

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