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Coronavirus – DK: Health Personnel Without New Contract Should be Allowed to Work

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.03.16.

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has called on the government to allow health-care personnel who have not signed a new contract establishing their new legal status to continue working in a special status until the end of the coronavirus pandemic.

By amending the law on the legal status of health-care personnel, the government “has driven more than 4,000 workers away from hospitals” in the middle of the third wave of the pandemic, DK lawmaker Lajos Oláh told an online press conference on Sunday.

DK is calling on the government “not to endanger the lives of even more people” by “giving up 4,000 workers”, he said. The health-care sector needs all of its workers, Oláh said, proposing that the government should find a way to continue employing those workers who have not signed a new contract. “The new contracts can be worked out after the end of the pandemic,” he added.

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Oláh said even the presence of one or two doctors could save lives at this point. “These 4,000 people are badly needed, especially now that hospitals are reaching capacity,” he said.

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