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      Last Minute Attempt to Avert Nurses' Strike

      Nurses in clinics and hospitals are planning to strike beginning Monday.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 12/2/2012, 6:54 PM

      A nurse at Labor Court
      A nurse at Labor Court
      Israel news photo: Flash 90

      Representatives of the Finance Ministry met with representatives of the Nurses' Federation (Histadrut Ha'achayot) Sunday in last minute attempts to avert a strike by Israel's nurses, scheduled to begin Monday.

      The nurses are protesting the lack of negotiations over a request to increase their salaries and to make nursing a “national priority” profession in order to attract more people to the profession.

      The Head of the Nurses' Federation, Ilana Cohen, said that the heavy workload in the wards, as a result of the severe shortage in nurses, endangers' patients' lives.

      Unless a solution is found, nurses in all of the country's hospitals and in the community clinics of Clalit Health Services will go on an open-ended strike.