Friday, February 3, 2023

Strike in Israel’s public health system to protest violence against medical personnel

Jewish Link – Employees of public hospitals and clinics in Israel launched a one-day strike on Monday in protest against a series of violent incidents against doctors and nurses, reported The Times of Israel,

This action was extended to all general, geriatric, psychiatric and rehabilitation hospitals as well as health services in the country. Israel Medical Association This is a statement.

It started at 7 am this Monday and will go on for 24 hours. The strike went ahead despite a request from the Director General of the Ministry of Health. moshe bar simon-tovthat it was suspended.

The sites will operate on a weekend schedule and offer only reduced services.

organization An Exceptions Committee will work to decide on special individual cases. Outpatients and outpatient clinics also went on strike, with appointments for check-ups and treatment likely to be cancelled.

“During the strike, urgent dialysis services, intensive care, emergency room, delivery room, premature birth and cancer treatment will operate,” the association said. In vitro fertilization treatments will be reviewed by the Exceptions Committee.

“Despite the increase in violence, and despite the number of cases of violence, neither businessmen nor Ministry of Health They are doing a lot to end the cases of violence. organization,

The union is demanding deployment of more security guards and police in hospitals and more powers against criminals.

The union is also demanding stricter punishment for those found guilty of assaulting the medical staff. They have warned that if he does not improve in a few weeks, he will carry out more attacks. The violence has also led to sporadic shutdowns of hospitals and medical centers in the past.

Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Health, sefi mendlovicAsked to do Able to that doctors have a legitimate right to demand a safer working environment, but assessed that the strike will not be effective as a forum set up last year to implement the changes has begun implementing the recommendations. to stop the violence.

Last week, police arrested a 17-year-old patient from a women’s health center Ramle, is suspected of attacking a doctor with a mitt and kicking him in the head. Doctor needs treatment in the nearest hospital.

Called a two-hour strike a day earlier Soroka Hospital A pediatrician was physically assaulted by the parents of a 15-month-old boy who was being treated at the hospital.

Cases of violence against medical personnel are not uncommon israel, Last June, the doctors’ association had announced a two-day strike to protest against violence against doctors and the state’s alleged failure to implement a plan to deal with such incidents.

Last May, the finance ministry had approved a budget to deploy police officers in 28 hospitals across the country amid rising violence against medical personnel.

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