Hundreds of Israeli Medical Residents Set to Resign After Breakdown of Talks

Representatives of residents walk out of meeting with treasury and Israel Medical Association, claiming no substantive headway being made to resolve outstanding issues.

Representatives of medical residents walked out of a meeting with the treasury and the Israel Medical Association on Sunday, renewing calls for a mass resignation to take effect on Monday.

The residents claimed when they left the meeting that no substantive headway was being made to resolve outstanding issues pertaining to their working conditions.The meeting was meant to last until 10:00 P.M. on Sunday, however, the residents cut the meeting short.

"The only proposal the treasury put forward was to take the money that was set aside to help the periphery, and move them to hospitals in the center of the country,” one of the representatives said.

The medical residents rejected the proposal immediately, and renewed their call for a mass resignation to take place on Monday.

Last week, the National Labor Court temporarily prevented the resignation of medical residents at hospitals throughout Israel, however, this only bought a few more days before talks broke down again on Sunday.

If the residents follow through on their threat to resign on Monday, the resignation letters handed in by 382 residents will go into effect.

Residents from the following hospitals have tendered their resignation: Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv (130 residents ), Meir Hospital, Kfar Sava (77 ), Rambam Medical Center, Haifa (52 ), Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer (40 ), Beilinson Hospital, Rabin Medical Center, Petah Tikva (24 ), Schneider Children's Medical Center, also in Rabin Medical Center (23 ), Assaf Harofeh, Tzrifin (15 ), Wolfson Medical Center, Holon (14 ) and Bnei Zion Medical Center (Rothschild ), Haifa (7 ).

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Hadar Cohen