Hospital Bed 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Israeli doctors went on strike again Wednesday after renewed
negotiations with the Finance Ministry ran aground. Beginning Saturday,
all public hospitals in the country will be closed and only cancer
treatments will be performed.
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Israeli nurses also joined in the protest. At Ichilov Hospital in Tel
Aviv, 2,000 nurses were planning to hold a rally on Wednesday afternoon
in support of one of their staffers who was the recent victim of a
Several medical institutions sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu, imploring him to intervene and end the stalemate.
In light of the new strike, the Finance Ministry accused the Israeli
Medical Association of ignoring the most vulnerable patients by
demanding a raise of 50 percent. "We are ready to handle the real
problems of public health," the Finance Ministry said in a statement.
"But until [the raise requirement is removed], there will be no progress
Short-lived talks between the IMA and Finance
Ministry restarted on Tuesday after a two-week break, but ultimately
failed. Prior to entering negotiations on Tuesday, IMA chairman Dr. Leonid Eidelman expressed hope for a breakthrough in the talks, vowing to cancel further strikes and sanctions if an agreement could be met.