Hadassah Doctors to Return to Work

Court approves renewal of Hadassah doctors' malpractice insurance, paves the way for end of strike.

Elad Benari ,

Hadassah strike
Hadassah strike
Flash 90

Less than 24 hours after the Hadassah Hospital reached an agreement with striking nurses and non-medical staff, an agreement has been reached so that doctors at the Jerusalem hospital will return to work as well.

The doctors have been operating on a Shabbat schedule for two weeks, one of the main reasons being the fact that their malpractice insurance was not renewed, leaving them exposed to lawsuits.

On Wednesday evening, however, the Jerusalem District Court accepted the request of both sides and ruled that Hadassah’s stay in proceedings will not apply to the doctors’ insurance, paving the way for the hospital to renew the insurance.

Doctors are expected to resume normal operations by Thursday morning. On Tuesday night, Hadassah’s management reached an interim agreement with nurses and non-medical staff, stipulating that the wages of Hadassah employees who earn less than 15 thousand shekels a month will not be cut.

In addition, the agreement stipulates that any hearings before dismissal to which employees have been summoned will be suspended.

Tuesday night’s breakthrough came several hours after employees announced they intended to stage a “sleep-in” and spend the night at the hospital.

The ongoing strike at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem has already driven several senior members of both Hadassah Ein Kerem and Hadassah Mount Scopus to quit, fed up over the hospital's inability to compensate for missing wages and frustrated over the tedious negotiations.