Doctors to begin strike on Thursday morning

Hospitals to operate on Shabbat schedule after negotiations to avert strike fail.

Elad Benari,

Hospital (illustration)
Hospital (illustration)
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Negotiations between the Israel Medical Association (IMA) and the Finance and Health Ministries, in an attempt to avert a strike in hospitals, ended overnight Wednesday without the sides being able to reach an agreement.

Following the failure of the talks, doctors in hospitals across the country will begin a strike on Thursday morning.

The strike will include public, geriatric, psychiatric and rehabilitation hospitals, which will work on a Shabbat and holidays schedule.

The strike is over doctors' claims of a shortage of budgets to shorten long waiting times and over their rejection of a clause in the Arrangements Law preventing doctors from public hospitals to operate in private clinics.

The parties met for last minute negotiations on Wednesday night and will meet for further negotiations early next week.

The IMA says that the purpose of the strike is to improve the public health situation in Israel.




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