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  7/24/2011, Tammuz 22, 5771

Doctors: More Talks, Not Arbitration


The Israel Medical Federation said, on Sunday, that it seriously opposed arbitration and asked for continued negotiations with the Treasury and Health Ministry. During a hearing at the National Labor Court, federation attorney Orna Lynn said the doctors were left "scarred" by the arbitration they engaged in in 2008 and cited Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for not getting involved in negotiations during the 127 days that have passed since the doctors declared a work dispute. She said the court should decide whether to issue back-to-work orders or accept the Finance Ministry's proposal for arbitration. No decision was made at the end of the five-hour hearing.

The Treasurey proposed arbitration on Friday, citing the doctors for reneging on earlier agreements after interns said they would not accept portions of the pact that affected them.