BRUSSELS, July 31, 2014 (WAFA) – “Today, the European Union is responding with a contribution of €13 million to the major cash flow problems of East Jerusalem Hospitals as a result of the Palestinian Authority’s financial crisis,” Wednesday said the European Union in a press release.
“The contribution, which is channelled through the PEGASE mechanism, will cover the outstanding costs of referrals of patients for treatment to East Jerusalem Hospitals by the Palestinian Ministry of Health,” the release added.
“With an overall contribution of €36 million since 2012, the EU is covering the referral costs over a period of nearly two years (January 2012 to October 2013) for patients referred for treatment in East Jerusalem Hospitals by the Palestinian Ministry of Health.”
“By addressing this severe debt problem, hospital facilities remained open and medical staff continued working to provide much-needed specialized health services to patients across West Bank and Gaza.”
“The EU mobilized its cash transfer mechanism, PEGASE, to deliver its funds to the PA. This comprehensive mechanism is also open free of charge and providing full visibility for other donors to use,” said the release.
‘The EU continues to be a close and reliable partner to the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian people. The objective of our support is to allow the Palestinian Authority meet its obligations towards the East Jerusalem Hospitals and ensure the sustained provision of essential services to the Palestinian people,” said the Deputy EU Representative David Geer.
“All six facilities of the East Jerusalem Hospitals Network, which have served Palestinians for more than 50 years, provide quality specialized health services which are not available elsewhere in Palestine,” he added.
“Preserving their work is essential … Many of the patients that are referred to the East Jerusalem hospitals are Gazans. Therefore this contribution comes at a critical time where the number of cases coming from Gaza is expected to increase’, added the EU Deputy Representative.