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Coronavirus: Jobbik Presses for Big Health-Care Wage Rises Now

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.03.28.

Opposition Jobbik is urging an immediate and radical pay rise for health-care workers in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the party’s deputy leader said on Saturday.

Jobbik is asking the government to bring forward a 20 percent pay rise planned for November, while another 30 percent increase promised to take effect in future years should be paid from August, László György Lukács said in an online press conference on Facebook.

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Some 24,000 doctors, 105,000 professionals and several thousand support staff are already working under pressure which is expected to increase and they deserve greater financial rewards, he added.

The effectiveness of the health-care system could determine in the upcoming period how many victims the pandemic will claim, he said. Additionally, requests by professional organizations as well sa examples in Serbia and in western Europe show that wage increases are needed, he added.

Featured photo via László György Lukács’s Facebook page