Hospital beds 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Patients were not served meals, bathrooms were not cleaned, outpatient clinics
were closed, receptionists were not at their posts and stretcher-bearers
disappeared at the Poriya Hospital in Tiberias on Monday. The hospital is owned
and supervised by the Health Ministry.
The workers launched an open-ended
strike to protest “overwork and the lack of adequate manpower slots,” that have
caused the staffers to “collapse under the burden.”
Some 300 hospital
administrative and maintenance workers at the hospital went on strike, saying
that development had caused it to grow and develop without management hiring
“Management was asked [to participate in]
negotiation, but our demands and those of the Histadrut have been ignored,” the
Avi Gabai, head of the Histadrut labor federation’s
Kinneret region, said that the situation is impossible and called on hospital
management to open negotiations immediately so the strike can end.
asked to comment, ministry spokeswoman Einav Shimron-Greenbaum said that direct
talks are being held by the hospital management, workers‚ union and Histadrut in
an effort to bring an end to the strike. She did not answer how the patients are
being fed, the wards cleaned and other vital tasks carried out in Poriya.