Patients’ Hunger Strike to Protest Doctors’ Work Strike

Patients at Tel Aviv’s “Ichilov” Municipal Hospital went on a hunger strike today to protest the week-long physicians’ strike which has left them without medical care. Some 6000 salaried MDs went on strike June 7 in support of demands for a 60 percent wage increase.

The situation in hospitals here and in other cities was reported to be worsening today. A negotiating meeting held last night between the strikers’ representatives and government officials including Health Minister Victor Shemtov brought the sides no closer to an agreement. The government has offered the doctors a 45 percent salary increase.

No further negotiating sessions have been scheduled. The doctors said today that if no settlement is reached within the next two days they will extend the strike to certain categories of physicians who have been permitted to stay on the job.

A world Conference of Polish. Jews will take place in Tel Aviv July 29-31. The conference will be attended by representatives of various Polish societies throughout the world.

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