Hadassah doctors call for mediation over Mor-Yosef
By JUDY SEIGEL ITZKOVICH
The union of Hadassah Medical Organization senior physicians has proposed that a mediator be chosen to reach an agreement with the Hadassah Women’s Organization of America that would allow HMO director-general Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef to continue in his post for another couple of years.Prof. Avinoam Reches, a senior neurologist at Hadassah University Medical Center at Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem, who heads the union, sent such a suggestion on behalf of himself and his colleagues to HWZOA national president Nancy Falchuk, who is in Jerusalem this week.The mediation, he said, should be "familiar with both Israeli and American culture and mentality" who is "acceptable to both sides."Mor-Yosef, who has been director-general for nine years and is regarded as one of Israel's leading medical administrators, was told by HWZOA two months ago that he may not continue beyond January 2010. The move caused an uproar among the entire HMO staff, who said they want him to continue at least until the opening of the massive hospitalization tower in 2012 to mark the HWZOA’s centennial.Reches, who is due to go on retirement in three years and said he has no vested interest, declared that even though the doctors’ union had asked Falchuk for explanations for the dismissal, "we have not yet received any explanations as to where Prof. Mor-Yosef ‘failed’ in his position and why his contract has not been renewed."
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