doctors protest 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Sanctions by public sector doctors will resume on Monday in the hospital around
the country, after the Israel Medical Association on Thursday night said the
Treasury had refused to discuss upgrading manpower in the hospitals and failed
to advance negotiations.
The medical centers will function on a reduced
Shabbat schedule in which only urgent and lifesaving operations will be
conducted, but duty doctors will be in the wards.
On Tuesday and
Thursday, only oncological and other urgent surgery will be performed; other
departments will function as usual.
On Wednesday, a full strike will be
held in the Dan- Petah Tikva and Haifa community health fund clinics of Clalit
A negotiating session with Treasury wage division
officials at IMA headquarters that ended late on Thursday triggered the decision
to continue sanctions, which have been held on and off for two months. IMA
chairman Dr. Leonid Eidelman said that while the Finance Ministry was willing to
talk in principle about ways to promote advancement for doctors, they “spoke
only in general, in a way that did not state what they are offering.”
for the issue of the 12.17 percent wage erosion from December 2007 to March
2011, the IMA said it “heard nothing new” from the Treasury.
As for the
critical issues of the overburdened medical residents and giving quality care to
patients in the periphery, the Treasury bureaucrats “refused to discuss them,”
the IMA charged.
The Treasury spokesman countered, however, that the IMA
“zigzagged” and has “tried to mislead the public” in Knesset committee
appearances about its demands to raise wages, especially for senior
“The IMA continues to harm and take advantage of the ill to
promote interests that serve a small group of doctors and disregards the
government’s proposals, which are meant to solve the real problems of the health
system – the residents, the periphery and medical specialties with too few
doctors,” the spokesman said.