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Doctors Again Hit Hospitals with Selective Work Slowdowns

Government hospitals are again the targets of selective work slowdowns by doctors locked in a 2-year-old wage dispute with the Finance Ministry.

Seven general, geriatric and psychiatric hospitals were put on a Sabbath schedule Wednesday. The same sanctions were applied Thursday to six hospitals, including the three largest general and maternity hospitals in Tel Aviv.

The Sabbath schedule means reduced medical staffs in wards and emergency rooms and no elective surgery is performed.

The doctors are demanding wage equity with their colleagues employed by Kupat Holim, the Histadrut-run health care agency.