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The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) on Thursday called for Miklós Kásler to be dismissed from his position as human resources minister.

The party’s group spokesman told an online press conference that under a government decree published in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny on Wednesday, Interior Minister Sándor Pintér had been put in charge of Hungary’s newly established National Hospital Directorate-General.

Coronavirus: Interior Minister to Oversee New Hospital Directorate-General
Coronavirus: Interior Minister to Oversee New Hospital Directorate-General

Interior Minister Sándor Pintér has been put in charge of Hungary’s newly established National Hospital Directorate-General, according to a government decree published in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny on Wednesday. Under the decree, Pintér, as head of the operative body coordinating Hungary’s response to the coronavirus epidemic, is responsible for issuing the directorate-general’s organisational and […]Continue reading

Zoltán Varga insisted that the measure had left Kásler virtually without tasks in the field, and so he was “the minister also responsible for health care in name only”. The measure is tantamount to Kásler’s “downfall”, he said.

Ministers cannot stay in office and enjoy the “position, salary and the perks coming with them” after being stripped of their competencies because they had not fulfilled their responsibilities, Varga said. “In no other country in the world are hospitals under the purview of the interior minister during an epidemic, rather than the minister responsible for health care,” he said.

In the featured photo: Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler. Photo by Tibor Illyés/MTI