Staff shortages hit Israeli hospitals as resignations start to sting

12.10.2011                      14.Tischrei. 5772                       Erew Sukkot

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Staff shortages hit Israeli hospitals as resignations start to sting

Hundreds of medical residents reject back-to-work pleas; phenomenon expected to widen if court does not issue injunction barring resignations.

Israel's major hospitals will be going into the Sukkot holiday facing staff shortages created by the resignation this week of hundreds of medical residents and the prospect that specialist physicians, including the most senior, will have to fill in over the holiday. Hospitals around the country have made plans that include requiring specialists to do 12-hour shifts and requiring others to be on call, in conjunction with medical interns who will remain in the hospital wards. Yesterday, at least 476 residents failed to come to work, including 129 at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, 78 at Meir Hospital in Kfar Sava, 76 at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, and 74 at Haifa's Rambam Medical Center.
If court injunctions are not issued barring resignations, the phenomenon is expected to widen. Some residents have already said they would not honor court-ordered restraining orders….