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(photo credit: Piotr Fliter/Ramban Medical Center)
The nonprofit Mirsham group, which means prescription and represents 800 medical
residents, said that it expects the National Labor Court to deem its members’
resignations illegal following a petition from the State Attorney’s Office to do
so – adding that if this is the case, residents will show up for work on Sunday
morning, but that it is by no means the end of their protest.
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hearing and what I heard went on, we believe that they are going to decide
against us, but I hope not,” Yaniv Yogev, a lawyer and CEO of Mirsham, told The
Jerusalem Post on Saturday night. “If they decide against us I strongly believe
that the decision will be overruled in the Supreme Court.”
Court was supposed to produce a decision by early Saturday evening, but still
had not gotten back to the residents by the time of publication.
a very slippery slope. Each doctor signed a personal letter of
resignation,” Yogev said. “Forcing them to go to work – that’s
Over 1,060 residents had submitted letters of resignations to
their hospitals, slated to take effect on Sunday, after deciding that an
agreement signed between the government and the Israel Medical Association (IMA)
overlooked the residents’ needs.
The Health Ministry had on Wednesday
called the resignations “invalid,” requiring the residents to report to work,
while the initial state petition had decided that the moves “could cause severe
harm to members of the public.”
While the courts “are trying to look at
the resignation as a strike,” Yogev argued that in reality, “it’s not a
collective resignation, but everybody resigned together.”
“They will try
to say it’s a collective resignation and therefore that it’s a strike, and a
strike is illegal,” he explained.
But rather than going to jail, the
residents will show up to work tomorrow if the resignations are deemed illegal –
though this is by no means the end of their plight, according to
“Because this is the law, we will respect what the court says,”
Yogev said. “Of course we’ll go to the Supreme Court and try to reverse the
But if the law says go to work, we will go to work. We will
respect the decision, although we think this is a dangerous
This is not to say that individual residents would necessarily
prefer going to work over spending time in prison.
“I know many that
would be willing to go to jail, but we will convince them to go to
It is our responsibility to have everybody work together,” Yogev
said. “Everybody will obey and we will make sure that everyone will go to
The residents still have other weapons at their disposal,
including taking their case to the Supreme Court, filing new letters of
resignation and separating from the IMA, which they believe is not serving their
“We will consider trying to replace them – trying to form an
organization intending to represent the young residents who are misrepresented,”
Yogev said. “We wanted to work with the IMA, but they’re not letting us. They
didn’t let us be part of the negotiations, or have a say.”Joanna
Paraszczuk contributed to this report.