PA says crisis resolved after East Jerusalem hospital turned patients away over debt

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PA says crisis resolved after East Jerusalem hospital turned patients away over debt

Post by Irn Bru on Tue May 09, 2017 12:02 am

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Health Jawad Awwad announced on Sunday afternoon that an agreement had been reached with a hospital in occupied East Jerusalem after the medical facility had said earlier in the day that it would no longer accept new patients, owing to a “crisis level” financial situation due to excessive delays in payments from the Palestinian Authority (PA) amounting to some $41.78 million.

After a meeting with Augusta Victor Hospital General Manager Walid Nammur and Director of Operations Atif Rimawi, Awwad said that the situation “had been resolved," and that the hospital would resume accepting patients referred to by the ministry.

The minister added in a statement that an agreement was reached on "all unresolved issues" in coordination with Palestinian Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara, and that "we will do our best to end the crises facing Jerusalem hospitals."

The private Augusta Victoria Hospital, which receives patients referred by the Palestinian Ministry of Health from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, had previously warned of the mounting financial crisis last November in a joint statement with East Jerusalem hospital al-Maqasid, that alleged the PA owed the two hospitals a cumulative $62.5 million at the time.

Shame that the claim that the hospital wasn't accepting new patients couldn't be followed up with this latest news but I suppose they have their reasons for not doing so.

At least you got the news hare.
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