RAMALLAH, Wednesday, October 30, 2019 (WAFA) - Health Minister Mai al-Kaileh announced today an agreement that ends the crisis with Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem and allows the hospital to resume providing services to its patients, mainly cancer patients.
The announcement was made during a press conference held in Ramallah following a meeting that included Finance Minister Shukri Bishara, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Fadi al-Hidmi, and Shadi al-Mutour, representing the governorate of Jerusalem, with the administration of August Victoria Hospital represented by its director Walid Namour.
Kaileh said that as of this moment, things will return to normal at the hospital.
She said the meeting focused on ways to support Jerusalem hospitals to ensure the continuation and development of their work, and not only to deal with the immediate challenges faced, in order to provide the best services to their patients.
She stressed that the political leadership and the government will continue to support Jerusalem institutions despite all their difficult political and financial conditions.
The crisis started after Augusta Victoria Hospital stopped treating cancer patients transferred by the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) health ministry due to sharp shortage of funds and accumulation of unpaid PA debt amounting in the millions of dollars.