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Kupat Holim Doctors Strike Widens

Doctors of Kupat Holim, the Histadrut-operated health service used by nearly all working Israelis, have expanded their partial strike, now in its sixth week.

They are demanding “reasonable overtime” pay for working a second shift in operating theaters and outpatient clinics. The Kupat Holim management says their demands are “exaggerated.”

So far the strike has forced Kupat Holim to place two of its seven hospitals on reduced schedules one day a week, on a rotating basis. Now the doctors have announced that operating rooms at all hospitals will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, except for emergency surgery, and outpatient clinics will be closed Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.