Doctors meet to discuss next step in protest

Meeting will address possible establishment of hospital organization as an alternative to IMA; 200 residents hand in resignations.

doctors protest 311 (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
doctors protest 311
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Hospital department managers and senior members from dozens of hospitals were scheduled to meet Tuesday night at the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, Army Radio reported. The meeting will address the next step in the doctors' protest, including the possible establishment of a hospital organization as an alternative to the Israel Medical Association.
The meeting comes after 200 residents privately resigned on Tuesday in response to a  National Labor Court ruling on Sunday that deemed the coordinated mass resignation of residents and interns illegal.
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In a unanimous ruling, the National Labor Court issued an injunction ordering 1,000 residents who had signed letters of resignation to report to work as usual. The court ruled that the resignations signed by the residents were illegal and therefore invalid. "Failure to report to work as stated will constitute an unauthorized abandonment of their jobs by the workers, and will be subject to the appropriate consequences," the court ruled.

Despite the agreement signed in late August by the Israel Medical Association and the Finance Ministry to end the six-month long nationwide doctors' strikes, some doctors were still upset with the resolution, and attempted to resign from their positions on Sunday in protest.