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Coronavirus: Local Council-Run Outpatient Clinics to Be Overseen by Hospitals

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.03.24.

Hungary’s local council-run outpatient clinics will be managed by the local hospitals until the expiration of the special legal order in connection with measures aimed at protecting the country against the coronavirus pandemic, the government’s coronavirus press centre said on Tuesday.

The move is aimed at improving patient care, easing the burden on health-care workers and ensuring the implementation of Hungary’s Covid-19 vaccination strategy, the centre told MTI.

It will also ensure that the health-care system operates under a single leadership, thereby improving the effectiveness of protective measures against the virus, it added.

The centre also emphasised the importance of having outpatient clinics participate in the health-care sector’s pandemic defence efforts and take part in the country’s mass vaccination drive.

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The government will therefore issue a decree authorising hospitals to oversee the operations of outpatient clinics in their areas for the duration of the special legal order, the centre said.

The decree will also expand the authority of county hospitals, university clinics and the capital’s central hospitals to oversee all activities related to health care in their respective areas.

The decree will soon be published in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny, the centre added.

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