Hospital beds 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch on Thursday criticized medical residents who resigned this week, telling them, "We should have
rejected your petition based on a lack of integrity, but we did not do
so because of the special situation," she said.
Meltzer also criticized the residents, asking them:
"Couldn't you have waited a few days with the abandonment (of the
Health Ministry looks to get residents back to work
Residents appeal to High Court after talks fail Court to hear residents' resignation petition
appealed to the High Court. There is a culture when one appeals to the
High Court, one waits for the hearing," he added.
Beinisch, Meltzer and Justice Esther Hayut sat on the
High Court panel that convened Thursday to discuss the medical
residents' petition to be allowed to resign legally.
Sixty-five specialist doctors submitted resignation letters at Meir
Hospital in Kfar Saba on Thursday. Among the sixty five were ten
resignations added to the 170 medical specialists who announced their
resignations in the past few days in solidarity with the
the health system crisis in an interview Thursday morning with Army
Radio, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that the specialist doctors
should be compensated for their hard work.
Barak said that the Health Ministry should re-consider the agreement with the IMA.
always possible to re-discuss agreements - human beings sign them, and
they sometimes make mistakes," the defense minister explained.
not necessary to pour money on the specialists, but the government
needs to sit with the specialists and reach an agreement that is good
for everyone," he added.
As hundreds of young and senior physicians continue to resign – on
paper, if not yet in actual fact – the Treasury, meanwhile, filed an urgent plea
to the Labor Court in Jerusalem for contempt-of-court orders. The Finance
Ministry even included newspaper clippings of protests and positions to make its
point to the court.
If the court accepts the state’s new request, any
doctors who resign could be fined or even be jailed, with the aim of
forcing them to observe the court orders to go back to hospitals. Some could
even lose their license to practice medicine here or the ability to do so
“There is no reason that justifies abandoning patients and so
there is no reason justifying the violation and contempt of the court’s ruling,”
said the Tel Aviv District Attorney’s Office, which filed the request on behalf
of the state. The state’s request to the National Labor Court comes a day before
the High Court is due to convene a hearing on a petition filed by a group of
medical residents against the National Labor Court’s October ruling.
Health Ministry said Wednesday evening that a total of 315 medical residents did
not show up at work.
residents – now backed by dozens of senior hospital residents in the center of
the country and Haifa – want the labor agreement signed in August after a long
strike to be shortened to four years instead of nine. They maintain that the
accord with the IMA serves the interest of senior doctors in the periphery and
discriminates against those in hospitals that will not receive major financial
incentives for moving to the periphery to boost medical care there.