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Israeli doctors block Tel Aviv road, protest 26-hour shifts

Israeli doctors block Tel Aviv road, protest 26-hour shifts

Tel Aviv, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) A large group of doctors, residents, interns and medical students marched through the streets of Tel Aviv, Israel tonight to protest the government's decision to keep most doctors on 26-hour shifts.
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After mass sit-ins last week, hundreds of protesters Saturday night took to the streets in protest against government’s decision.

‘Twenty-six, Nitzan, be ashamed,’ chanted the crowds as they blocked the entryway to the house of Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, who refused to come out to speak to the demonstrators.

The outline, approved by the Health, Finance and Economy ministries in the past few days, was rejected by the representatives of the medical residents, staing that it only benefits 10% of them.

The first phase of the plan is scheduled to start on March 31, 2022, in hospitals in the periphery at 10 medical centers and apply to residents in non-surgical wards. A year later, the shifts will also be shortened for residents in intensive-care units and in anesthesiology.

Over the course of four years, the new rules would be extended to residents in all fields in all of the country’s hospitals.

However, doctors note that 90% of interns will continue to work 26-hour shifts in a row for years to come.

‘We’re fighting now, fighting for everyone,’ concluded Dr. Biton.

Over 2,500 doctors and students have signed a petition to resign on Sunday if their demands are not met.


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