Labor Party chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich 370.
(photo credit: YONAH JEREMY BOB)
Opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich called on Health Minister Yael German on
Tuesday to take action to insure the paychecks of thousands of emoloyees of the
Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem is delivered on time.
past three months, HMO – which encompasses two university medical centers on
Mount Scopus and in Ein Kerem – has deposited only half of salaries in the banks
on time and the rest later in the month due to its shortfall in cash
The Labor leader said the lack of aggressiveness by the staff –
nurses, doctors, technicians, administrative and maintenance worker – should not
be regarded as patience, and since they have already done their work for the
previous month, they must be paid.
HMO has a deficit of more than NIS 1.3
Yacimovich charged that HMO Director-General Avigdor Kaplan
delays payment because he looks for the cheapest-possible source of credit to
pay the bills. HMO, she charged, regards its dedicated staffers who save lives
on a regular basis as “the lowest rung on the food chain.” Asked to comment,
German’s personal spokeswoman said that she expected that the payment for
October salaries will be available very soon, but that the minister did not have
a long-term solution. The spokeswoman said that Hadassah suffers from
underemployment – that workers are underutilized – as per bed, it has “twice the
number of staffers as in Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.”
minister’s spokeswoman claimed that so far, HMO has “not presented a serious
recovery plan to the Finance and Health Ministries” that would allow the
Treasury to allocate funds to the financially troubled institution.