ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 149

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In petition to labor court, union says reservist medical residents being discriminated against

Renee Ghert-Zand is the health reporter and a feature writer for The Times of Israel.

Mirsham, the organization of medical residents in Israel, petitions the district labor court in Tel Aviv to issue a temporary order putting a halt to any plan that would negatively affect residents who have been called to reserve military duty during the war.

Mirsham particularly seeks the cancelation of decisions by the scientific council of the Israel Medical Association (IMA) regarding exams for medical residents. The council announced that it would bring forward one set of exams and not allow a secondary date for another set. In addition, the council said it would not grant any time off to study before exams.

Mirsham claims that the council’s decisions should be found by the court to be invalid because they discriminate against medical residents who have served, are serving, or will serve in the war.

“As always, we show up wherever we are needed… While we are fighting on the frontlines, we are being abandoned on the home front and decisions are being made that will hurt our careers,” says neurologist Dr. Ofir Levy in a statement issued by Mirsham.

The labor court has set a hearing on the petition for February 18 and has demanded a response from the IMA within three days.

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