| 2 October 2022, Sunday |

Hospitals heading towards a strike or closure

Based on a request submitted by the group of people calling for reforming the system, Judge Ghada Aoun issued a decision stating that customs should be informed of preventing Banks of Beirut, Audi, Creditbank, Bank Med, SGBL, and BLOM from transferring funds outside Lebanon.

This step comes as a precautionary measure to prevent these banks from transferring the remaining money of the depositors outside Lebanon.

A new problem facing the hospital sector in Lebanon contributes to accelerating its complete collapse. After the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) halted the payment of monthly advances since the beginning of the year, a new case emerged, represented by the banks’ decision not to pay the wages of the hospital employees that have domiciliated their salaries, forcing hospitals to secure all or most of the payments in cash to pay these wages within the withdrawal ceilings set by each bank.

To shed light on this topic, the head of the Syndicate of Private Hospitals Owners Sleiman Haroun, joined us.

A member of the Gas Station Owners Syndicate, George Brax confirmed that for more than five months, the owners of the stations have been warning that the situation is delicate and that they cannot secure dollars to import gasoline. Currently, it has become urgent for the Prime Minister and Minister of Energy to intervene to find a radical solution to this issue.

Brax explained to SBI that the Central Bank of Lebanon should secure the required dollars for the importing companies, and should calculate the bank commissions in the pricing schedule from within the cost of the goods, in addition to delivering gasoline to stations in Lebanese pounds only, according to the price table. Otherwise, it will be difficult to buy gasoline as required in dollars, because the loss will exceed 35,000 Lebanese pounds per canister, which will lead to stopping receiving goods and closing stations.

  • Sawt Beirut International