Hospitals forced to postpone surgeries
Photo: Moti Kimchi

Court orders doctors to return to work

Labor Court issues injunctions against hundreds of medical residents, says their resignation invalid

The National Labor Court on Wednesday morning accepted the State's request and issued injunctions against hundreds of medical residents who resigned in protest of the agreement signed between the Israel Medical Association (IMA) and the Treasury.


Following the decision, representatives of the residents, the Health Ministry, the Treasury and the IMA will continue their talks in an effort to solve the crisis.


Despite the fact that they filed personal resignation letters over a month ago, the court ruled that the residents' resignation was collective and therefore invalid, and ordered them to return to work immediately.


According to the ruling, because the residents' representatives exerted pressure in a bid to improve their conditions, using the resignation as a threat, this was an act of protest.

מה הלאה? מתמחה מול בית הדין הארצי לעבודה (צילום: אוהד צויגנברג) 

What next? Resident outside Labor Court (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)


The residents are now considering petitioning the High Court of Justice. Some of them have said in recent days that they would not honor any injunctions, violating a legal order. Others said they would have to be dragged to the hospitals in chains.


The crisis in the health system has led to the postponement of many operations in hospitals across the country in the past 48 hours, and specialists have been forced to return to the emergency rooms after decades.



פרסום ראשון: 10.12.11, 10:55
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