The specialists who submitted resignation letters on Tuesday say they will follow through and leave their jobs unless a solution to the residents' problems are found.
"For a long time now I've felt we should support the residents. I'm not willing to abandon them in the battlefield that the State of Israel has led them to," said Dr. Jacky Or, head of Sheba's department of emergency medicine.
"The state has belittled, bad-mouthed and bashed them, and I won't stand idly by. I have to help them. We, the specialists, aren't organized, we don't have advertising campaigns, and specialists are joining the resignation measure through word of mouth."
According to Dr. Amnon Mosek, head of Ichilov's headache clinic and deputy head of neurology, "The state understands only militancy and actions; words are useless when you're dealing with the treasury clerks. So we had no choice but to take action and hand in our resignations. We didn't organize it, our resignations are personal, and there's an outburst of emotions here. We've been saturated in humiliations; we've reached a point where there is nothing we can do but sacrifice our jobs."
Dr. Eli Simhi, head of the recovery unit at Schneider, adds: "We didn't make salary demands. We decided to resign because we can't function in the system in its current state. We see the residents' battle as our own battle, we identify with them.
"Our main demand is to shorten the duration of the agreement," he said, referring to the nine-year wage deal the state signed in August with the Israel Medical Association.
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