Hospital beds 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
the second day in a row, some 250 medical residents were expected to
stay home from work Tuesday, leaving public hospitals throughout the
country understaffed. A number of doctors said they would join the
residents in solidarity with their labor dispute.
After 245 medical residents didn’t show up for work Monday morning, the Health
Ministry warned they were acting “in contempt of court.”
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The majority of the residents were from
the larger and economically stronger hospitals in the country – primarily Haifa’s
Rambam Medical Center, Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba and Tel Aviv Sourasky
The hospitals were not warned in advance of the initial walkout on Monday.
The Health Ministry on Monday instructed hospital directors to tell medical residents that if they did not
coordinate their absences with their superiors that they were violating hospital
rules and showing contempt of the National Labor Court, which had instructed
them to return to work.Arbel members took action before the High Court
of Justice has ruled on its request by members to resign in protest against the
various courts’ refusal to let them resign en masse. The ministry noted
negotiations with the Treasury are the “only solution” to existing