(photo credit: (Ariel Jerozolimski)
With “absolutely no progress” from discussions with the Treasury on Thursday,
the Israel Medical Association decided to apply sanctions next week, as on
Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
Doctors’ assemblies will be held on
Sunday morning, but hospital and health fund services will be normal. But on
Monday and Tuesday, only urgent surgery to treat cancer patients and no elective
surgery will be performed.
Other services will continue in the
On Wednesday, all public hospitals in the country will operate
according to reduced Shabbat schedules, with outpatient clinics closed as well,
except for urgent outpatient and inpatient cases approved by special
The Finance Ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the
announcement by the Israel Medical Association had proved that it still “hasn’t
renounced its intent to institute private medical services in public-sector
The Treasury reiterated its call on the IMA to
return to the negotiating table and focus on the discussions on cutting the gaps
between the wages of younger doctors and of veteran doctors.
IMA said the Treasury was spreading “misinformation” by making it seem as though
the sanctions were all about the doctors’ “desire” for Sharap, when in fact it
hasn’t been raised by the doctors but rather by Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov
Litzman as a “solution” for the ills of the health system.
medical students from around the country will join Friday’s Tel Aviv Marathon as
a run to protest against the crisis and to demand that public medicine “be saved
and doctors be given fair wages for their efforts.”