Residents, Treasury reach tentative agreement

Mediator announces productive negotiations; draft documents to be passed around to medical residents in hospitals for approval.

Doctors residents x-ray 311 (photo credit: Thinkstock/Imagebank)
Doctors residents x-ray 311
(photo credit: Thinkstock/Imagebank)
Discussions between medical residents and the Finance Ministry on strike action produced positive results Monday, as the judge presiding over the hearings announced a final draft agreement had been written and sent out to the nation's hospitals for approval.
Representatives of hospital staff will present the document to medical residents in the country's hospitals Tuesday. An end to the dispute rests upon medical staff approval of the draft document.
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Among the agreements, medical residents will receive added salary during their residencies, and specialist doctors will be compensated for rotating afternoon shifts. The Finance Ministry also agreed to an additional wage increase for medical specialists.
Retired justice Yithak Zamir, who has presided over the hearings after his appointment in November, oversaw as agreements were reached between the parties.
Medical residents caused a stir last month when hundreds walked out of work in protest of poor conditions, and a lack of progress in the months-long dispute.
The protesting residents returned to negotiations with the Treasury in lateNovember, insisting that a final agreement include specialist doctors that have supported the residents in their cause, and also sought better conditions.