Nurses walk off job in Holon, med students boycott class

Dozens of nurses protest overcrowding, declare labor dispute; medical students expected to join protest in solidarity with medical residents.

By JPOST.COM STAFF,
October 24, 2011 09:50
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Doctors demo311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

 
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Nurses at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon walked out of their units in the hospital Monday and medical students were expected to join medical residents as part of a strike from their studies as the crisis in the medical system continues.

Some 30 nurses at Wolfson walked out in protest of overcrowding in their departments. The nurses union has declared a labor dispute at the hospital and in another nine days will be able to hold a strike in the entire hospital, Israel Radio reported.

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Also Monday, students at all the medical schools in the country will skip their first day classes to demonstrate their support for medical residents who are demanding higher wages and better conditions.

The residents have tried to resign collectively, but they have been barred from doing so by the National Labor Court.

The demonstration will be held Monday outside Beit Ariela in Tel Aviv at 6 p.m. Medical schools usually open before the general academic year.

The Treasury had invited representatives of the young doctors for yet another negotiating session on Sunday, but the residents said they would not turn up because they understood no new proposals would be raised. The residents plan to take the refusal to allow them to resign to the Supreme Court.

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