Medical residents at a number of hospitals around the country began, Thursday evening, to withdraw letters of resignation submitted earlier in the day in dissatisfaction with a collective-bargaining agreement developing between the Israel Medical Federation and the government. A number of them said they were pressured into submitting the resignations and, following progress in the talks on Wednesday, the timing was wrong.
Federation Chairman Leonid Idelman had called the resignations inappropriate as long as the negotiations were continuing. He expressed confidence that good-faith talks would bring good news for all the doctors. One of the goals is fewer and shorter shifts for the residents.