End of strike: Israel’s medical interns agree to Horowitz’s plan

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Dozens of medical residents withdrew their resignation letters on Wednesday, two days after Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz proposed a new plan to cut their shifts from 26 to 18 hours over the next four years.

Representatives from the Mirsham Residents’ Union are due to meet with Horowitz in the afternoon and are expected to declare the protests over afterwards.

Residents, students and interns have taken to the streets for weeks to demand better working hours.

According to the plan, the first phase will begin on March 31, 2022, in 10 hospitals in the periphery.

By November 30, 2022, shifts will be shortened in the internal medicine and emergency departments of two hospitals in the center of the country.

Doctors protest at a protest by medical residents demanding more staff at the hospital and that the 26-hour shifts be shortened. (credit: ELAD GUTTMAN)

By March 30, 2023, the scheme will apply to the same services in all hospitals across the country. A new extension, to be decided at a later stage, will be implemented by November 30, 2023.

By 2025, all residents, interns and students in Israel will work 18-hour shifts, Horowitz said.

A previous scheme proposed by the health ministry did not indicate when shifts would be shortened in hospitals in central Israel. This proposal was rejected by residents because it was not detailed enough.


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