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Health minister floats compromise to shorten medical interns’ shifts

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz speaks during a press conference, in Jerusalem on August 29, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz speaks during a press conference, in Jerusalem on August 29, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz offers to accelerate plans to shorten shifts for medical interns, who have threatened to resign en masse to protest their working conditions.

Under the new proposal announced by Horowitz, shifts will be shortened in March from 26 to 18 hours at 10 hospitals in the country’s geographic periphery. Shifts will then be cut at numerous departments at two yet-to-be determined hospitals in the center of the country in November 2022.

Shifts will then be gradually reduced at other departments and hospitals, with the aim of having all medical interns work 18-hour shifts by the end of 2025.

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