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Municipal Hospital Doctors in Tel Aviv, Haifa Close Clinics in Sympathy Strike

The physicians in the municipal hospital here and Haifa closed their clinics and limited their patients to emergency cases in solidarity with the continuing strike by the government hospital physicians. The Health Ministry deplored the move. But the doctors planned to close all sick-fund institutions next Sunday, at which time 16,000 workers–all the personnel there except for the medical staff–will strike in protest against management’s decision to deduct pay for work done “not according to schedule.” If the decision is not retracted after Sunday’s strike, the doctors said, there will be a general strike next Monday morning. Hectic efforts are under way to solve the labor problem at the root of the physicians’ dissatisfaction.