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Coronavirus: Ministry Calls on Hospitals Not to Cancel Urgent Procedures

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.04.08.

Hungary’s hospitals are required to continue performing urgent procedures, the human resources ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Under a ministerial decree issued on March 16, scheduled and not urgent or vital surgeries will be postponed until the state of emergency is lifted, and operations will go ahead only if urgent in most of the hospitals in Hungary. However, hospitals must perform during the state of emergency any examination, treatment or operation without which a patient’s condition could turn critical or suffer lasting damage.

Urgent cases are handled accordingly all over the country, the ministry said in its statement.

There have been numerous reports in the press that hospitals postponed procedures, even urgent cases.

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