Doctors' sanctions to continue despite mediation efforts

Doctors' sanctions were scheduled to continue on Wednesday despite the fact that the Israel Medical Association and the Finance Ministry started a week-long process of non-binding mediation on Tuesday in the hope of breaking the dead end in negotiations.
Wednesday's sanctions will close down outpatient clinics, day hospitals and diagnostic institutes in public general, psychiatric and geriatric hospitals in the north, except to inpatients.
However, physicians will come to work to give counseling. In addition, operating rooms in hospitals in the south will offer only emergency and oncology surgery.
All other hospital functions will be normal. In the community, the southern district of Clalit will be on strike except for urgent services.
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