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Coronavirus: Párbeszéd Urges Professional Comittee Decision on Freeing Up Hospital Beds

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.04.16.

The opposition Párbeszéd party is calling on the government to have an independent professional committee to decide on the required pace and number of hospital beds to be freed up because of the novel coronavirus epidemic.

Party co-leader and parliamentary group leader Tímea Szabó told an online press conference on Thursday that Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler’s recent decision to free up 36,000 hospital beds would threaten the lives of tens of thousands of people.

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Many seriously ill non-coronavirus patients released from hospital will have no access to proper medical care at home, she said. As a consequence, tens of thousands will be forced to give up their jobs in order to be able to look after their loved ones, she added.

Szabó asked the government to transfer patients instead to empty hotels “owned by Lőrinc Mészáros, István Tiborcz and other [businesspeople placed close to the prime minister]”. She added that the whole operation should be supervised by a professional committee.

Former chief medical officer Ferenc Falus called it unjustified to convert all institutions to epidemic hospitals. People need to have continued access to all necessary medical services in order to feel safe, he added.

The cabinet is overly cautious as there would not be 30,000 corona patients in the country overnight, he said.

Falus also called on the government to release more detailed information about the spread of the epidemic, arguing that currently only the number of positive tests is made public, not the number of the infected.

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