Hunger-striking IMA head to reach J’lem on foot

Eidelman due to arrive in J'lem with hundreds of doctors from around country to hold a sit-down strike opposite PMO.

July 28, 2011 00:50
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national doctors strike (IMA) gallery_4. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

Israel Medical Association chairman Dr. Leonid Eidelman, who on Monday launched a hunger strike and march from Ramat Gan to the capital to force Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to intervene in the doctors’ strike, diverted his itinerary on Wednesday to hold a meeting with Treasury officials.

The Finance Ministry said the meeting was held to try to find a solution to the nearly four-month-long labor dispute, and would continue in the coming days.

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Meanwhile, Eidelman is due to arrive in Jerusalem with colleagues and hold a sit-down strike opposite the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday morning.

Hundreds of doctors from hospitals around the country joined Eidelman’s march on Wednesday to show their support.

In the afternoon, doctors from Haifa hospitals held a demonstration at the Horev Center in support of the IMA. Over 200 doctors blocked roads in the city.

Over 360 sixth-year medical students from universities around the country signed a petition stating that if the doctors’ basic demands were not accepted by the government, they would not start their internships in the fall.

Additionally, 200 interns pledged not to start their residencies under the same conditions.

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