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(photo credit: Piotr Fliter/Ramban Medical Center)
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday called for medical residents to return
immediately to their hospitals as their representatives informed the High
Court of Justice that they were willing to return
to the negotiating table and to accept the court's proposal to appoint a
empathy with medical residents, but took a harsh tone in calling on them to
get back to the wards since more than 300 have walked out of their
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understand your desire to improve working
conditions but no man in Israel is above the law. All of us are required
to uphold the decisions of the courts. Otherwise, it's anarchy,"
Netanyahu said from the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, referring
to the High Court decision that residents begin talks with the Treasury.
The prime minister called on medical residents to "leave sick patients out of your struggle."
The prime minister made the comments as hospital residents informed the High Court Sunday morning of
their decision to renew negotiations with the Finance Ministry.
The doctors came to this decision after hours of heated discussion on Saturday. However,
they said that they would not return to work immediately. They will
first submit a draft of negotiations, and only if the state consents and
the High Court approves it, will they return to the hospitals.
The young doctors at hospitals in the Center of the
country and at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa have been outraged by conditions
set down in the labor accord signed between the Israel Medical Association (IMA)
and the ministry in August.
More than 300 residents have resigned and
walked off their job, while a few dozen specialists have signed resignation
letters but not yet carried them out. Their main demand now is that the contract
be in effect only for three or four years, and not the nine years agreed to by
A demonstration in support of the rebel residents will be held
in the capital on Sunday by the Student Association of the Hebrew University’s
Faculty of Medicine. The medical students will go to the two Hadassah University
Medical Centers and Shaare Zedek Medical Center where they have clinical
studies, and try to get patients to sign a petition in favor of the residents’
The demonstration will mean that the students will stay away
from their studies until noon.
Joanna Paraszczuk contributed to this report