Around 250 residents stay home for second day

Some doctors say they'll join medical residents in solidarity; Health Ministry warns against violating injunction.

November 15, 2011 10:06
1 minute read.
Empty hospital corridor [illustrative]

Hospital beds 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

For 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.”

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Health Ministry looks to get residents back to work
Residents appeal to High Court after talks fail

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 Medical Center.
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 disputes.

Related Content

August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night