The Medical Federation declared a labor dispute in the public sector, Tuesday morning, claiming the Treasury was not willing to commit to fully uphold the latest collective bargaining agreement and not harm the public health system and doctors' rights. The federation said the dispute was declared because of a lack of response from government salary officials to contact made by the federation last Thursday.
The declaration of a labor dispute makes a strike possible in two weeks. Federation Chairman Leonid Idelman said, "We are a moment before a struggle against expected economic measures under the Financial Arrangements Law which might harm doctors and endanger public health. We will not allow harm to the doctors' agreement. The public's health is not an Excel spreadsheet."