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Hundreds of Israeli medical residents resign

JTA

October 10, 2011 | 9:44 am

Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa.

Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa.

Hundreds of medical residents in Israel have resigned, leaving many Israeli hospitals shorthanded.

More than 300 residents did not show up for work on Monday, affecting hospitals throughout the country.

The residents resigned over a labor dispute; they are dissatisfied with a nine-year agreement signed between the government and the Israel Medical Association.

The State Prosecutor on Monday asked the national Labor Court to issue an injunction against the resignations, and to order the residents to return to work as they continue to negotiate for a solution.

The resignations were originally scheduled to take effect in September, but were delayed by the court. The residents then agreed to stay on until Sunday in order to get past the Yom Kippur holiday.

Many of the residents have already secured positions in other countries, Ynet reported.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked the residents to delay their resignations by another two weeks to allow him to help find a solution.

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