PCHR Calls Upon Palestinian Government to Continue Funding Healthcare Institutions in Occupied Jerusalem and Concerned that al-Mutala’ Hospital Stopped Receiving Gaza Patients Referred for Treatment


Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, October 23, 2017

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses its deep concern that Augusta Victoria Hospital (al-Mutala’) in occupied Jerusalem stopped receiving the Gaza Strip patients referred for treatment due to accumulating debts owed by the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Thus, PCHR calls upon the Palestinian Ministry of Health to pay off immediately the accumulating financial dues for al-Motala’ Hospital. PCHR also warns that  the Palestinian backboned organizations in occupied Jerusalem would collapse after the Palestinian Government withheld funds and payments of the financial dues at the time the Israeli authorities intensify its policies to create a Jewish majority in Jerusalem and paralyze and ruin the work of its institutions, which provide basic services to all Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

According to information obtained by PCHR’s fieldworker, on Saturday, 21 October 2017, Gaza Strip’s patients referred for treatment in al-Mutala’ Hospital were surprised with phone calls from the hospital administration asking them not to come on their treatment appointments, which had been previously booked. The hospital administration attributed this to accumulating debts owed by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, and so not being able to provide health services for patients…