Israeli doctors' strike spreads to hospitals in Tel Aviv and south
Hospital operating rooms are expected to suffer disruptions on Sunday due to a pathology conference, while on Thursday, outpatient clinics in hospitals from the center of the country northward will be on strike.
The doctors’ strike will continue today, affecting outpatient clinics at hospitals from Tel Aviv southward, as well as Health Ministry offices and well-baby clinics run by the ministry. However, negotiations with the Finance Ministry will resume as well.
The affected hospitals include Ichilov in Tel Aviv, Wolfson in Holon, Assaf Harofeh in Tzrifin, Barzilai in Ashkelon, Kaplan in Rehovot, Soroka in Be’er Sheva, Yoseftal in Eilat, and Hadassah Ein Kerem, Hadassah Mount Scopus, Shaare Zedek and Bikur Holim in Jerusalem.
Psychiatric and geriatric hospitals in these areas run by either the government or the Clalit health maintenance organization will also refuse to receive patients, and the same goes for the Health Ministry’s mental health clinics. But the Israel Medical Association has instructed doctors who work in these institutions to be on call for consultation.
Despite the strike, urgent dialysis treatments, in-vitro fertilizations for those who have already begun the process, and cancer treatments that began before the strike started will be given.
Committees at each hospital will consider exceptions in urgent cases, including granting permission to begin treatments for cancer patients.
The IMA said it will not authorize visits to hospital outpatient clinics except for treatment, thereby excluding scheduled check-ups. But operations and other medical treatments performed at these clinics are not included in today’s strike, so they will take place as planned.
Today’s strike also includes doctors who work in offices run by the Health Ministry − who are responsible, among other things, for vaccinations against rabies − as well as doctors in government well-baby clinics and schools around the country. A doctor will be on call in each region for urgent cases.
Yesterday, doctors at Clalit clinics were on strike in the Sharon region, the southern region and the northern West Bank, while doctors employed by the Leumit HMO struck in the Jerusalem region. The clinics were open, however, and nurses manned emergency centers and directed urgent cases to hospital emergency rooms.
Next week, hospital operating rooms are expected to suffer disruptions on Sunday due to a pathology conference, while on Thursday, outpatient clinics in hospitals from the center of the country northward will be on strike, including Tel Hashomer’s Sheba and Petah Tikva’s Beilinson hospitals. .
Meanwhile, negotiations between the doctors and the treasury are to resume this morning after a week-long break. Only two days ago did the doctors’ representatives announce that they would attend the previously scheduled meeting at the Finance Ministry, after receiving an apology from Ilan Levin, the treasury’s wage director, who they claimed had called them “murderers” during a radio interview last week.