(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Unimpressed by the mass show of over 1,500 physicians and medical students at
Wednesday’s demonstration opposite the Knesset, the Treasury failed to budge in
negotiations on Thursday morning. The Israel Medical Association announced in
the evening that it would apply sanctions in hospitals on some days during the
next two weeks.
Sanctions had been suspended during Pessah.
Doctors, Treasury talks on wages end without progress
Our doctors’ recurring condition
Sunday and Monday, health services will not be affected out of respect to
Holocaust Remembrance Day, the IMA said.
On Tuesday, the public
hospitals, including outpatient clinics, will operated on a restricted Shabbat
schedule. Health fund clinics, however, will function as usual.
Thursday, May 5, the outpatient clinics in hospitals south of Tel Aviv plus the
Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center will be shut down. A detailed list of affected
hospitals will be published before that.
On Sunday, May 8, a conference
on pathology will be attended by all the country’s pathologists (who examine
biopsies for cancer and other disease).
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As a result, the IMA said, the
number of operations will be minimized in all the medical centers during that
On Thursday, May 12, all the outpatient clinics will be closed in
all public hospitals north of Tel Aviv and including that at Sheba Medical
Center at Tel Hashomer.
A detailed notice will be released
The IMA verbally attacked Ilan Levine, the Finance Ministry’s wage
chief, charging him with “wild incitement” against the doctors. The IMA said it
had been offered only half the increases it had demanded for strengthening
medical care in the periphery. While the IMA called for a 25 percent salary
increase for doctors in this key area, the Treasury offered only a 10% hike, the
Deputy Finance Minister Yitzhak Cohen, commenting for the
Treasury, countered that “every declaration of the IMA of a strike or sanctions
is irresponsible, pointless and immoral. We fear that the continuation of the
doctors‚ actions will harm patients.”
Cohen, of Shas, said the IMA
continues to demand “selfish wage increases especially for the senior medical
personnel. The time has come for them to show responsibility and stop demanding
across-the-board wage increases for all doctors and to agree to time clocks for
The Treasury reiterated its willingness for arbitration to
find a solution to the dispute within a limited amount of time and subjects “to
benefit the public, his welfare and health.”
The IMA on Thursday for the
first time released to the public a detailed list of 15 demands it is making to
bring about an end to the wage dispute.
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