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Knesset Holds Session on Hospital Strike; Doctors Bitter About Back-to-work Order

The Knesset held a special session today to deal with the strikes crippling the nation’s health services. The session had been requested by opponents of the government’s use of its emergency powers to force the strikers back to work. Premier Golda Meir signed such an order against striking doctors in government and government-municipal hospitals last night after Health Minister Victor Shemtov refused to do so. The fact that the strikers were back at work made the session a perfunctory one. The issue was referred to committee. The doctors who returned to work today were bitter over the back-to-work orders. The medical staff of hospitals of Kupat Holim. the Histadrut sick fund organization, called for meetings to express protest against the back-to -work orders and “solidarity” with doctors working under emergency regulations.