Rafidia hospital shuts down for 2 hours in protest against minister
Published Sunday 22/12/2013 (updated) 22/12/2013 18:49
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Doctors at the Rafidia Surgical Hospital in Nablus shut down operations for two hours on Sunday morning in protest against "punitive decisions" made by Palestinian Authority health minister Jawad Awad, doctors said.
The strike was joined by several public hospitals in Salfit, Qalqiliya, Jericho, and Jenin, where doctors shut down operations for two hours in solidarity with their colleagues at the Rafidia hospital.
Mahmud al-Ramahi, a doctor who works at Rafidia, told Ma'an that all workers in the hospital including doctors had decided to shut down all clinics and services planned from 8 to 10 a.m., although exceptions were made for humanitarian and emergency cases.
The move came in protest against "punitive decisions" that the health minister has made against doctors, including a decision banning doctors who work in government-run hospitals from working in private clinics.
Al-Ramahi added that doctors were also striking in protest against the initiation of a disciplinary committee against Dr. Majdi al-Jalad, who was charged for "disrupting work," putting lives of citizens "in danger," and "harming the prestige of the Palestinian National Authority."
Al-Ramahi highlighted that the PA health minister had also forcibly transferred Dr. Samer Abu Eida, a member of the doctors' committee in Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, to Rafidia governmental hospital in Nablus.
The doctors called upon the health minister to reverse these decisions.