Hospital beds 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Israel Medical Association and the Finance Ministry started a week-long
process of non-binding mediation on Tuesday in the hope of breaking the dead end
The standoff has dragged on since the “breakthrough”
that ended IMA chairman Leonid Eidelman’s hunger strike but did not go any
further to resolve the four-and-a-half- month labor dispute.
is Dr. Yitzhak Peterburg, formerly director-general of Clalit Health Services and
currently president and CEO of Cellcom. The 54-year-old physician will try to
bridge the gap between the two sides on the most difficult remaining issues
including a new wage agreement, benefits for medical residents and the use of a
time clock, among others.
Even during the course of mediation, the
doctors’ sanctions will continue, said the IMA late on Monday night, giving a
list of scheduled disruptions through August 23.
Although the public
medical system functioned normally on Tuesday, sanctions on Wednesday will close
down outpatient clinics, day hospitals and diagnostic institutes in public
general, psychiatric and geriatric hospitals in the north, except to
However, physicians will come to work to give counseling that
day. In addition, operating rooms in hospitals in the south will offer only
emergency and oncology surgery.
All other hospital functions will be
normal. In the community, the southern district of Clalit will be on strike
except for urgent services.
On Thursday, the sanctions will be switched.
Outpatient clinics, day hospitals and diagnostic institutes in general, general
and psychiatric hospitals in the south will shut down, except for
In the north, surgical theaters will handle only emergency
and oncology patients. As for the community, Clalit Health Services in Haifa and
the Western Galilee will be shut down except for urgent services.
Friday, minimal regular services in the hospitals and clinics will be provided,
and on Saturday, a Shabbat schedule will be put into effect as usual.
Sunday, August 21, all facilities in the country will function normally, but on
Monday, Wednesday’s schedule of hospital sanctions will again be in effect. In
the community, the Sharon-Samaria health fund district will be on strike. On
Tuesday, the schedule of sanctions set for Thursday will again go into effect,
but in the community, the Dan Region-Petah Tikva district will shut down.