Labor Court freezes doctors' resignations for one day

Residents at Rambam vote not to accept PM's request to wait a few days to examine suggestions raised during previous night's meeting.

October 5, 2011 18:25
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The National Labor Court suspended doctors' resignation letters on Wednesday afternoon in response to the state's request for an emergency hearing.

National Labor Court President Judge Nili Arad ruled that a hearing will be held in response to the state's request on Thursday afternoon.

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Medical residents agree to postpone resignation by 48 hours

The 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.

The 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.

Medical 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.

Committee 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.

Prime 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.


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 relevant doctors.

Eidelman said after the meeting that in the meantime the prime minister had not provided any solutions to the problem but had given various options.

“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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