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Published Wednesday 15/01/2014 (updated) 17/01/2014 20:20
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health is suffering from shortages in medicines and medical equipment because the Ministry of Finance has not paid the suppliers.

Public hospital doctors and patients have recently been complaining about shortages in indispensable medicines and equipment such as arterial, electrocardiograph paper as well as medications for cardiac diseases, blood pressure and cancer among others.

Director of the ministry's department of medical warehouses Salah Thawabta told Ma’an that public hospitals are short of medicines and medical equipment because the Ministry of Finance has not paid companies who win tenders to supply the ministry with those medicines.

Thirty-five types of medicines are being supplied very slowly because the Ministry of Finance has not been paying the suppliers, he added.

Thawabta said the Ministry of Health could take legal procedures against companies who won the bids. He also called upon hospital managers to buy the needed medicines using the monthly allowances their hospitals receive from the ministry, and then send receipts to the ministry for reimbursement.

Administrative manager of the Ministry of Health Abd al-Halim Hamadnah told Ma'an that the ministry's debts reached 700 million NIS ($200 million). These debts, he said, have been accumulated in the past four years. Some 88 percent of the debts, he said, are owed to medicine suppliers and private hospitals, and the rest is owed to suppliers of fuel and cleaning materials.
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
15/01/2014 21:50
The PA is also "Short of Statehood & Sovereignty", and if
the PA solves these issues, the others will take care of themselves.
However, solving the Statehood & Sovereignty issues requires
Restarting Negotiations with Israel, and
Completing Negotiations with Israel, which can only be done
largely by surrendering to Israeli terms:
(a) Less than 1967 Borders for Palestine,
(b) No East Jerusalem capital for Palestine, and
(c) No Palestinian Refugee Return to Israel !!!

2 ) Tobias / USA
15/01/2014 21:59
There Will Be No Good News In Palestinian Authority, Until It Accepts
Peace With the State Of Israel, On Terms Acceptable To Israel.

3 ) but fat pension to released / terrorists murderers
15/01/2014 23:15
is aplenty!!!!

4 ) Outlier / USA
18/01/2014 19:21
(first two comments spiked). The PA also is short on foresight, imagination flexibility and humility, reasons the Palestinians are still stateless.
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