SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 22 September 2021, Wednesday |

Haroun: Hospitals are struggling to get fuel amid the raise in power cuts

The Head of the Syndicate of Private Hospitals, Sleiman Haroun, warned today about the severity of the situation that the hospitals have reached, and he said that the situation would worsen if the Central Bank stopped gradually subsidizing oil derivatives and medical supplies.”

Haroun said during a radio interview: “Hospitals are struggling to afford fuel for the power generators, especially amid the raise in power cuts.”

He reiterated his request for prioritizing hospitals when distributing fuel oil, because the health of the patients is essential. Haroun added that no one is listening to the Syndicate’s demands. ”

Haroun said that hospitals may be heading towards raising the hospital tariffs, and they will start pricing their bills at the exchange rate 3,900 LBP. He added that this decision should be taken to insure sustainability, and to continue providing health services for patients, especially that the official guarantors  are not able to cover the differences in the cost. “Hospitals are unable to bear the losses, as well as the patients for this reason we are in a risky and dangerous situation.”