Chairman Leonid Idelman of the Israel Medical Federation said, Sunday evening, that last week's signing of a collective bargaining agreement with the government achieved the federation's objectives but that more had to be invested into public health beyond those steps called for in the agreement. In a letter to federation members, Dr. Idelman said not all the distortions could be corrected in one agreement.
Regarding the threat of dissatisfied interns and residents to resign en masse, Idelman wrote, "Of course, it's the right of every doctor to decide his own fate, but I'm convinced that the decision to resign, at this time, is an illogical and unjustified decision. I call on you to turn back from your intended resignation. I am sure that most of you view medicine as a mission and a way of life."