Peres to cabinet: Give doctors' labor dispute high priority

President Shimon Peres called on the government to give top priority to the unrest by medical residents at large hospitals in the center of the country. "It would be a shame to lose a single physician, and even more so, 100 of them," Peres said during a speech at an event for 700 young volunteers held Tuesday in Kiryat Gat.
He was referring to the three-month-long dispute involving medical residents at hospitals from Haifa southward that, in the last two days, resulted in the refusal to work by a total of 287 of them and resignations by 30 senior specialists.
The hospital with the most residents to refuse to show up in the wards was Rambam Medical Center in Haifa (the figure of those staying away was 80 on Monday); Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (a total of 60); Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba (58); Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer (37); Bnei Zion in Haifa (16); Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikva (15); Wolfson Medical Center in Holon; and four at the Rabin Medical Center of the same city.
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