Nitzan Horowitz revealed: This is the program to shorten the interns’ shifts

Nitzan Horowitz revealed: This is the program to shorten the interns’ shifts
Nitzan Horowitz revealed: This is the program to shorten the interns’ shifts

After hundreds of interns from 35 departments in hospitals across the country submitted their resignations this afternoon (Monday) in protest of the long shifts, the Minister of Health and his office, Professor Nachman Ash, presented the Ministry of Health’s plan to shorten the shifts.

“Stopping the outline of shortening the shifts without being fully completed is not an option,” he said, “The roadmap we present today will ensure the realization of the historic move.” Addressing the interns, he added, “Many of you fear that the outline of shortening the shifts we have formulated will not be completed. This is not an option for me. In order to provide you with certainty, I present to you and the entire health system a clear roadmap that actually anchors our commitment to complete the move.”

Resigning intern Photo: None

Outline of the outline:

• 25.10.21 – Activation of an implementation team for the outline of shortening shifts headed by the Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Health and with the participation of a representative of the Ministry of Finance, a representative of hospital administrators, a representative of the Medical Association and interns.

31.3.22 Implementation of the outline for shortening shifts in the 10 hospitals in the periphery.

• 30.11.22 Expansion of the outline for internal medicine and emergency medicine departments in two hospitals in the center of the country.

31.3.23 Expansion of the outline for internal medicine and emergency medicine departments in all hospitals in Israel.

• 30.11.23 Implementation of the third stage in the outline, which will be formulated by the implementation team and approved by the Minister of Health by 31.3.22.

According to the outline, the Ministry of Health is expected to complete the program by the end of 2025, and it will also include a shortening in the surgical professions, in an adapted outline. The program was designed by professionals in the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Israel Medical Association, with interns from all organizations and hospitals, and in consultation with hospital and department heads, under the guidance of the Minister of Health and led by the Director General of Fire.

Horowitz added, “These milestones actually anchor the commitment of the Ministry of Health and me to complete the shortening of shifts throughout the country. Your struggle is the struggle of the health system, it is my struggle. We will succeed in it, together.”

(Resignation submitted at Meir Hospital)

 
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