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(photo credit: Piotr Fliter/Ramban Medical Center)
National Labor Court suspended doctors' resignation letters on Wednesday
afternoon in response to the state's request for an emergency hearing.
Labor Court President Judge Nili Arad ruled that a hearing will be held
in response to the state's request on Thursday afternoon.
Medical residents agree to postpone resignation by 48 hours
state's request came after the residents refused Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu's request to hold back on resignations for several days in
order to negotiate a solution to the health system crisis.
Judge Arad also ordered both sides to submit a written update of their progress in negotiations.
state was also ordered to submit reports from managers of those
hospitals named as being affected by planned resignations on Thursday.
The court also ordered the managers to attend Thursday's hearing.
residents at Rambam Medical Center voted Wednesday morning not to accept
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's request that representatives of the
residents wait a few days to examine suggestions raised during Tuesday night's meeting before resigning, according to Army Radio.
member Professor Yehuda Alman explained that the residents felt the
meeting was not productive and have voted to have their resignations
take effect on Thursday.
Minister, and formally health minister, Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday
night met with Israel Medical Association chairman Dr. Leonid Eidelman,
Treasury wage chief Ilan Levin, Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman
and other negotiators in the residents’ dispute to hear the various
sides and try to help find solutions.
Netanyahu requested that
representatives of the medical residents wait a few days to examine
suggestions, a joint statement by the Prime Minister’s Office, the IMA
and representatives of the residents said.
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During the meeting,
which lasted over two hours, the representatives explained to the prime
minister the problematic nature of continuing the agreement and the
working conditions. The representatives promised they would respond to
the prime minister’s recommendations after they had consulted with the
Eidelman said after the meeting that in the meantime the prime minister
had not provided any solutions to the problem but had given various
“We are still waiting for decisions to be made and we hope that in the next few days there will be solutions,” he added.
Despite claims that some medical residents were “so angry” they would
resign on Tuesday – even though their voluntary organization agreed to
negotiate intensively through Wednesday – all of them turned up at their
jobs on Tuesday morning, the Health Ministry reported.
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