The nurses’ strike entered its tenth day Wednesday after Jerusalem Labor Court judge Efrat Laxer rejected a request to force nurses back to work. To date 6,000 surgeries have been cancelled due to the strike, as have at least 3,000 vaccinations for babies and young children.
Also cancelled were 2,500 scheduled appointments for pregnant women and an estimated 20,000 check-ups on chronically ill patients. A senior Health Ministry official warned that hospitals could start to collapse within two days.
A spokeperson for the Nurses Union, Ilana Cohen, said the nurses have acted “ethically and responsibly” and called for more intense negotiations to end the strike quickly.