DOCTORS AT Kaplan Hospital 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
After Deputy Finance Minister Yitzhak Cohen (Shas) called on low-paid medical residents to separate from senior doctors and negotiate with the Treasury on their own, the Israel Medical Association said on Wednesday it was “shocked by the low level to which the Finance Ministry has sunk in the manipulative and irresponsible way” in which it was behaving.
In an official statement, Cohen said the IMA negotiators represent “only senior doctors, and younger, lowerpaid ones will not be appropriately represented in the discussions or final outcome of the situation.”
IMA said Cohen was mistaken if he thought he could divide and rule. The
residents “know the system well and don’t need the ‘help’ of the deputy
minister to advise them. The residents are partners in our struggle. No
one disagrees that the problems of the residents are among the most
central in these negotiations, and the demands for manpower slots and
funding of [hospital] beds were meant first and foremost to solve the
acute problem of overwork of the residents.”
The association called on the Treasury to “devote its time to a real
effort to reach agreements on saving the health system, and not to
creating disputes and tactics that are aimed at shifting public debate
away from the real problems that we face.”
Kadima MK Rachel Adatto, a trained gynecologist and lawyer, said the
Treasury lacks a basic understanding of the health system. While
residents spend five years studying a specialty, she said, “doctors face
three decades of working as a specialist and trying to cope with the
serious problems of the system, including the lack of a proper salary.
Most of the specialists do not work in private medicine, and the
Treasury’s claim that they earn a fortune is intentionally misleading