|• Patients denied access: Only one patient denied a permit in March.|
• Patients interrogated: 11 patients (4 F: 7 M) who applied for permits to cross Erez checkpoint were requested to appear for Israeli security interviews.
• Patients delayed: 119 patients (52 F: 67 M) did not receive a response to their permit application and missed their hospital appointments.
• Referrals within oPt: March represented the highest number of referrals (500) to East Jerusalem hospitals in the past three years.
• Referrals to Jordan: In March there was only one referral to Jordan covered financially by the MoH.
• Referrals to non‐MoH facilities inside Gaza: There were 221 referrals to private and NGO facilities inside Gaza, an increase of 7% over the previous month.
• Medical reasons for referrals: Most March 2013 referrals were for treatment in oncology (15%), heart catheterization (10%), nuclear medicine (8.5%), paediatrics (8%), ophthalmology (7%), urology (6%), orthopaedics (6%), haematology (6%), neurosurgery (6%) and heart surgery (4%).
• The head of the coordination office in Gaza was replaced twice in less than a month.