“After the organization of medical interns in Israel” Prescription “rejected the outline for shortening shifts from 26 hours to 18 hours in some hospitals, today (Thursday) representatives of the interns arrived at the Tel Aviv District Health Bureau, in order to submit resignation letters, but security guards prevented me.” R. of the organization, Dr. Ray Bitton, to enter the building. “Shame and disgrace that even the act of resignation is not allowed to be done and we ask that we leave the letters with the security guard at the entrance,” Dr. Bitton said.
Advocate Siegel Active, representing the Association of Prescription Physicians and an expert in labor law, said: “This is an embarrassing and difficult day where the Ministry of Health has locked itself in and secured its gates with security guards to prevent interns from submitting 2,500 resignation letters. Lawfully “and affix the letter of resignation on the locked door of the office and the 2,500 signatures at the entrance next to the door.”
Dr. Bitton, one of the leaders of the struggle, said in a statement to the media: “This is a sad day in Israel, when something fell, a sad day when we are forced to submit over 2,000 letters of resignation.”
“Our resignation is presented to you in the face of an abusive deal,” the interns wrote in a letter to Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz. “Doctors and doctors. This deal harms our family life and our mental health.”
The interns added in their letter: “We were abandoned, our hope was to bring a significant line to all interns through an orderly program with a big effect on all interns across the country. Unfortunately, we saw that this is a small step, you broke your promises
After no one received the letter, the letter of resignation hung on the front door of the Health Bureau. Leave the attached binder with the guard. An active Advocate Sigal representing the interns said: “It is a historic shame that no one is receiving the resignation letter. They knew that representatives of the complexes would come here. It’s just embarrassing. Sticking the letter of resignation on the front door is a resignation for everything in terms of the structure of the work. In addition, a binder was attached with the signatures of the resigning interns. However, in order for the resignation to take effect in any compound the resigning party may need to file an individual resignation letter. One of the protest organizers said: “We will go all the way, and if necessary we will leave the hospitals and we do not want to get there.”
In addition, the Association of Specialist Physicians stated that in parallel with the resignation letters, in recent days the interns and students have also signed personal resignation letters that will be submitted to the hospital managements starting next week.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz commented on the new outline for the shift hours and wrote on his Facebook account: “This is a historic change, a revolution. After years of talk, we have moved on to action. “This is a difficult issue, very complicated, there are a lot of opinions, interests, a lot of budgetary constraints, and especially a shortage of manpower after decades of neglect. So when you do and start moving, there is also criticism and opposition, and that’s part of it.”
“Concern for the well.being of patients is in the highest interest of me and the Ministry of Health, both of the interns and of all citizens of the country. This is for full implementation, for the benefit of the interns and for the benefit of the general public in Israel, “he added.
Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said last night in response to the resignation threats: “It is unnecessary. I am in good contact with the interns, and it is also clear to them that the process should be gradual. There are not enough doctors to make an immediate cut across the country. It will help and what will it give. ”
A little later, Horowitz and the Minister of Economy and Industry, Orna Barbibai, also convened a press conference on the reform of shortening interns’ shifts.
Barbibai said that “the permit I will sign reduces the scope of operating hours to 18 hours. We understand that preparations are needed from the point of view of the hospitals, so we went to the place that needs strengthening – the periphery. I do not think the plan is perfect, but it is a breakthrough.”
Coalition chairman and chairman of the health committee, MK Idit Silman, said in response to the outline of the shortening of shifts presented by the Minister of Economy and the Minister of Health: “This is an important and significant achievement, and we have a long way to go. I intend to continue working to shorten shifts.”
Prescription Chairman Dr. Ray Bitton told reporters yesterday: “We woke up to a very difficult morning. They lied to us. They deceived us. They sold us. They told us stories. With a shaking hand and a heavy heart accessible tomorrow letters of resignation of 2,300 interns, interns and students .
Bitton explained that “there is no real line in the outline. Our demands were clear. Unfortunately, what we were given was a shortening in non.surgical professions. 90% of the interns will continue on 26.hour shifts in a row. Urgent – AB) did not enter the outline. The Corona fighters who have been on the front line for almost two years are being abandoned. ”
She added: “It was possible to fix it. We wanted to reach an acceptable outline. But unfortunately enough elements intervened against us to prevent the process. We do not ignore the news at the beginning of the shortening of shifts, but it is not enough. We are texting for years. Sorry from the citizens of the State of Israel.
“In order for the outline to be acceptable to the interns, 25% to 30% of the interns must enter the outline, including internal departments and teachers throughout the country, by 2022. The fact that they are deviated from the outline without any expectation is unacceptable. Without a commitment and a clear outline that really outlines the way to shorten the shifts, with a deadline, we will stay forever with 90% of the interns who will continue to do 26.hour shifts. ”