Doctors Strike Hits Israeli Hospitals

Israel was hit by another health care crisis Monday, when 2,600 physicians walked off the job at government hospitals all over the country.

Their 24-hour strike was called in support of longstanding demands for salaries equal to those paid doctors employed by Kupat Holim, the Hista-drut health care agency.

A Jerusalem labor court denied the Health Ministry a restraining order Sunday.

The court found that the Government Doctors Association gave the statutory three-week advance notice of the work stoppage but that the government failed to meet with them in that period to discuss their grievances.

The state-owned hospitals have gone on a restricted Sabbath schedule Monday and Tuesday. Elective surgery has been postponed, and only emergency procedures arc being carried out.