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  • Access to healthcare for children in Palestine

    To the Editor,
    BMJ Open

    We concur with the authors that the health care of Palestinian children is far from desirable, and for many of them, particularly in Gaza, has even tragic consequences.

    However, the article has a clear political agenda, which is openly indicated in its last sentence. The authors chose to ignore the complex geopolitical circumstances in the area and the article is far from presenting an objective description of the situation.
    The authors mention the following providers of medical care for Palestinian children: UNRWA, Non- governmental organizations, Palestinian Red Crescent and the private sector. They fail to mention Israel as a health care provider: although following the 1993 Oslo Accord, responsibilities of health care were transferred from Israel to the Palestinian territory, every year over 160,000 Palestinians from the occupied territories receive medical treatment in Israel 1,2. Prior to the year 2005, when the Palestinian Authority took over the Gaza administration, pediatricians from the Gaza Al-Shifa

    Hospital came to the Soroka University Medical Center Pediatric Department in Beer-Sheva, Israel, for various periods of professional update, and pediatricians from the Israeli hospital periodically joined clinical rounds at the Al-Shifa Hospital Pediatric Department; often mutual friendly professional relations developed among pediatricians of both hospitals.
    We refrain from debating here the authors...

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