Doctors, Treasury reach agreement
After a 158-day struggle, the Finance Ministry agreed to greatly improve the agreement to a 46-49% pay rise over ten years.
Sources inform ''Globes'' that the Ministry of Finance agreed to greatly improve the cost of the agreement to 46-49% over ten years from 39-43% over nine years, which the doctors previously rejected.
The increase is not in the form of a direct pay hike, but the general cost pay hikes and incentives on top of the doctors' current salary. Most of the addition will be awarded to doctors in the periphery, specialists in fields with shortages, and doctors who work extra duty shifts. These measures are expected to strengthen government hospitals.
The parties agreed that doctors with up to five years seniority as specialists will, for the first time, be required to carry out two duty shifts per month. Currently, only specialists in emergency rooms and gynecology are required to do this. However, in contrast to previous agreements, the specialists' duty shifts will end at 11 pm, rather than continue throughout the night. The doctors strongly pushed for this change.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on August 24, 2011
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