Residents on strike
Photo: Gil Yohanan
Some 200 students on Friday joined residents working under injunction orders issued by the Labor Court earlier this week and are demonstrating outside the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.
The protestors are students from universities in Tel Aviv, Ben-Gurion, Jerusalem and Haifa.
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Sixth year students declared that 322 out of 400 students have signed a petition pledging not to start their internships next year under the current conditions. The petition will be sent to the Health and Finance ministries on Sunday.
On Rosenboim, a med student in the Tel Aviv University said: "We students watch daily as our health system collapses. We know this concerns the majority of the public and are here to say to the prime minister: Enough! The time has come to stop hiding and solve this crisis."
The protestors carried signs reading: "Courts, order Health Minisrer Bibi to report back to work" "Tomorrow's residents can’t be stopped" "Bibi, you killed medicine" and "There won't be residents to stop next year."
The protest was coordinated with the Tel Aviv police. The demonstrators are marching from the medical center to the Beit Ariela Public Library.
Residents working at Sheba Hospital at Tel Hashomer, Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, and Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba checked themselves into their hospitals' emergency rooms Thursday as part of a nationwide protest over working conditions.
A short while later the residents announced they would return to work but initiate a hunger strike. Those who remained at the ER created lengthy lines.
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