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Hadassah doctors return to work

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hadassah Medical Center doctors have agreed to return to work after a two-week strike.

The decision late on Wednesday came less than a day after nurses and other hospital staff agreed to return to work.

The Jerusalem District Court ruled on Wednesday evening that despite a 90-day stay of protection from its creditors granted to Hadassah last week, the medical center would still be required to pay for doctors’ malpractice insurance and to pay out for lawsuits despite the stay, paving the way for the doctors to agree to return to work.

Hadassah Medical Center nurses and general staff returned to work Wednesday after meeting with hospital officials overnight.

Wednesday’s return to work came after a  sleep-in protest at the hospital Tuesday night  and a meeting between hospital officials and nurses and staff.

Under the agreement, anyone making the equivalent of nearly $4,300 a month, will receive their full salary. Those making more will receive gradual cuts. No hospital layoffs will occur until April 14. Hundreds of layoffs are expected, according to reports.

Hospital staff received only half their January salaries, due to the deficit..

Last week, the Hadassah Medical Center, with two campuses in Jerusalem, was given the 90-day stay of protection from its creditors in order to deal with its accumulated $357 million deficit.

 

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