Israeli doctors and Finance Ministry report breakthrough in talks
Details of agreement still confidential, but the major breakthrough is an agreement on an increase in doctors’ salaries that will take place over a short amount of time.
The Israel Medical Association and Finance Ministry reported a breakthrough in talks Wednesday morning after months of deadlock in negotiations. The mediator in the talks, Professor Yitzhak Peterburg, is in meetings with the Histadrut to receive final approval for the deal.
The details of the agreement are still confidential, but the major breakthrough is an agreement on an increase in doctors’ salaries that will take place over the course of a relatively short amount of time.
It remains unclear as to whether an agreement was reached regarding residents and if they will accept the deal.
Last Monday, the IMA agreed to mediated talks with the Ministry of Finance in a discussion with the High Court, which was presided by Supreme Court Chief Justice Dorit Beinisch.
Beinisch has criticized the doctors efforts, saying she feels that the strike has transformed from a means to an end to an end in and of itself.
Doctors have been protesting their work conditions for the past six months.