CHARLES MIGROM 311.
(photo credit: Hadassah)
Dr. Charles Migrom is fed up with the work conditions at Israeli
The orthopedics specialist from Hadassah University Hospital
spoke to The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, days after he joined over 400 of
Israel’s medical residents and tendered his resignation to the
The Chicago native, who made aliya in 1982, described the
working conditions at the hospitals as completely unbearable, bordering on the
“We’re so used to the abnormal here, that we think it’s
normal. We work in a setup where every day is a crisis, where you have to think
about how to get your cases done and usually you don’t get them accomplished and
eventually you get used to just giving mediocre service,” he said.
days it falls into place and you give good service, but it’s a case of roulette,
Some 470 medical residents have resigned as part of a labor
dispute over work conditions and salaries. The situation has led to large-scale
cancellations of non-urgent procedures at hospitals across the
On Tuesday, a representative for the residents said that an
offer by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to end the strike is insufficient and
does not meet their needs.
Migrom described a typical day as being a
constant battle of catch-up, in which doctors try to finish their cases on time,
only to have the hospital push the cases back for the night crew.
the hospital does is that they know you don’t have enough time during the day,
so they push it off to the night and you just try to get done what you can.
You’re always negotiating for the operating room and every day is a
According to Migrom, the current situation is one in which the
abnormal has become normal, and “the doctors inside the cuckoo’s nest don’t
realize what is crazy any more.
“There was a case of a patient who was
waiting for surgery for five nights in a row and they kept canceling it over and
over, and so his family gets very upset and makes a mess and threw things around
“A doctor said to me, ‘Who are these people, what are they
doing?’ but the thing is, they’re the ones who are normal, reacting like that
after the surgery was canceled five times.”
Migrom said that the reason
more older doctors weren’t taking part in the protests or tendering their
resignations is because “they found their niche, they found their equilibrium
and they continue on. I don’t think anyone would actually say it’s a good
Migrom has advised his daughter, a doctor in the general
medicine department at Hadassah, to leave the hospital and entertain other
She has other options, and he wouldn’t rule out her moving to
the US to pursue medicine there.
“It would hurt her to move back to the
[US], but I don’t see that these bastards are leaving any room open [for
His daughter “is locked up in a bad contract with a government
that doesn’t care and are straightforward liars,” he said.
that in his opinion, the government must recognize that not only are doctors
feeling pushed out of the medical field by the conditions in Israel; they may
also feel pulled by better conditions abroad.
“There’s a shortage of
doctors in the world, and free market Bibi [Netanyahu], doesn’t he realize
that?” Migrom asked.