Israeli Resident Doctors to Vote on Deal to End Health System Crisis

Agreement with Finance Ministry would give every resident a grant of NIS 60,000 in two stages, and young resident doctors to get more pay for evening and night shifts.

Resident doctors at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv decided on Tuesday not to vote immediately on a deal with the finance ministry, but rather to vote on the matter via email later in the day - despite pleas from the hospital’s director Gabi Barabash.

The agreement was already agreed upon by residents in other hospitals that were at the forefront of the struggle, including Sheba Medical Center, Rambam Medical Center and Meir Hospital. Following the delay, the deal may only be signed on Wednesday morning.

residents - Moti Milrod - November 17 2011
Moti Milrod

According to the agreement, every resident will get a grant of NIS 60,000 in two stages, and young resident doctors will get paid more for evening and night shifts. Residents who work on weekends will receive a weekly vacation day.

Only after all hospitals approve the agreement will hundreds of resident doctors withdraw their resignation letters.

On Monday, an agreement was also reached to reexamine the deal signed between the finance ministry and Israel’s Medical Association, to which the residents adamantly object. The deal will stay in effect until 2019, but will be reopened for examination in January 2015.

The residents' original petition to the High Court was to withdraw the order by the National Labor Court preventing them from resigning. It was combined with a second petition, calling for the abrogation of the collective wage agreement and the application of the law mandating maximum work hours in Israel to public-sector physicians, preventing them from having to work 26 hours straight.

Read this article in Hebrew: המתמחים מאיכילוב מעכבים את החתימה על ההסכם עם האוצר