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Gazan cancer patients denied treatment at East Jerusalem hospital due to mounting PA debts
Date: 08 October 2019

Time: 12:15 GMT

PCHR Calls upon Al-Mutala’ Hospital to Receive Patients Referred for

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) calls upon the Al-Mutala’
Hospital in occupied East Jerusalem to receive the patients referred for
treatment. PCHR expresses deep concern over the Al-Mutala’ Hospital`s
decision to stop receiving patients referred for treatment due to the
accumulating debts owed by the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MOH).

PCHR warns of the serious impact of the ongoing crisis on the life of
patients whose treatment is unavailable in the Gaza Strip. Furthermore,
PCHR calls upon the Ministries of Health and Finance to pay off immediately
these accumulating debts to al-Mutala’ Hospital.

According to information collected by PCHR`s fieldworkers and patients`
complaints, at least 60 cancer patients from the Gaza Strip, who were
referred to al-Mutala` Hospital for treatment, were surprised with the
hospital’s refusal to admit them upon their arrival. The hospital’s
administration justified its decision due to MOH’s accumulating debts.

The Treatment Abroad Department in the Gaza Strip confirmed to PCHR’s
fieldworker that patients who are referred to Al-Mutala’ Hospital have
successfully completed the technical procedures; they obtained adequate
medical referrals and have scheduled appointments. Additionally, the
Department asserted that these patients need immediate medical intervention
that is not available within the Gaza Strip hospitals.

Out of its concern for patients’ life and commitment to their right to
health, PCHR had issued a press release, on 22 July 2017, calling upon the
Palestinian National Authority to settle its financial crisis with Al-
Mutala’ Hospital.

PCHR reiterates its concern for the situation of Palestinian patients from
Gaza who are referred to Al-Mutala’ Hospital in occupied East Jerusalem;
thus, it calls upon:

1. MOH to settle its financial crisis in order to guarantee the right of
every individual to receive the highest attainable mental and physical
medical care;

2. The administration of Al-Mutala’ Hospital to retract their decision to
stop receiving patients referred to it by MOH, especially cancer patients
who would be forced to go through a lengthy and complicated bureaucratic
process to obtain a new medical referral and wait for exit permits to access
West Bank hospitals, including hospitals in occupied East Jerusalem, and/or
Israeli hospitals.

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