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Coronavirus: DK Proposes Halving Hospital Beds Reserved for Covid-19 Patients

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.05.08.

The opposition Democratic Coalition has proposed that 50 percent of hospital beds kept in reserve for possible high numbers of coronavirus patients should be reintegrated in the hospitals’ regular services.

Imre László, DK’s health expert, said that the government had vacated those beds “without any reason” just two weeks ago. “When they are talking about the epidemic’s having reached its peak and have started lifting restrictions in the provinces, those 36,000 beds are left empty,” he said.

“If the government’s case numbers are correct there is no medical reason to keep so many empty beds in the system,” László insisted.

Freeing Up Hospital Beds During Coronavirus Can Result in Decrease of Beds After Epidemic

The expert said he was certain that 36,000 beds would not be needed at the same time to treat coronavirus patients, adding that half of that number would constitute sufficient reserves. “The rest is needed for patients with other ailments,” he said.

Featured photo illustration by Károly Árvai/kormany.hu