Health Min. to look into Makassed 'ransom' claims

The Health Ministry said on Wednesay that it would look into reports in the media that Makassed Hospital in eastern Jerusalem is refusing to discharge a Palestinian mother and her babies because the family has not paid its bill. The ministry is responsible for overall supervision of the hospital but it not directly involved in its management. In any case, ministry sources said, this is not a case of any death in a hospital. In principle, the spokeswoman said, a hospital may not hold patients "ransom" for unpaid debts.