Klára Dobrev, MEP from the opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) party, promised increased wages and staff in health care and an autonomous ministry to oversee the sector, if DK is elected to power next spring.
Dobrev, who is running in the pre-election elections to become the opposition alliance’s prime minister candidate, and two party health experts held an online press conference after meeting with representatives of five organizations from health care in Budapest on Friday.
“The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the collapse of Hungarian health care,” said Dobrev.
The strategically important health care sector needs a specialized ministry, she added.
Opposition parties have pledged to bring health spending to the EU’s average GDP ratio, she said.
She said large-scale staff were increasing the first and most important task, pledging to employ 3,000 new doctors, 500 general practitioners and 9,000 additional new healthcare professionals in the years to come.
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Finally, Gergely Karácsony, Péter Jakab, Klára Dobrev, Péter Márki-Zay and András Fekete-Győr will face each other.
The Fidesz decision responded by saying that it would not allow a return to the previous era of the government of Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány in the Hungarian health field.
“This government has repeatedly cut funding for health care, closed several hospitals, introduced fees for doctor visits and deprived workers in the sector of one month’s salary,” Fidesz said in a statement.
Since coming to power in 2010, Fidesz has increased healthcare spending and salaries for doctors and nurses, and has reorganized a large number of hospitals across the country, he said, adding that the system Hungarian health care provider had been living up to its work in tackling the pandemic so far, unlike several other European countries.