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Health Care: Opposition Politician Accuses Gov’t of Involuntary Manslaughter of 24,000 People Yearly

Hungary Today 2019.08.15.

Socialist (MSZP) politician Ildikó Bangó Borbély has turned to the chief prosecutor with her accusation that due to the under-funding of the state health care system, 24 thousand people die every year. She cited a government document on a supposed health reform plan mentioning this estimation. The chief prosecutor forwarded her letter to the Budapest police.

Miklós Kásler, Minister of Human Resources since 2018, proposed a plan of health care reform requiring an extra 1500 billion HUF to the government early this year, leftist Népszava reported. In the document, the ministry mentioned that according to estimations, 24,000 Hungarians die each year due to lack of proper and timely treatment.

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Since the publication, half a year has gone by and there is still no sign of either a significant raise in state health funds or any health care reform; meanwhile, next year’s budget has long been approved by the ruling parties’ majority in the Parliament.

Ildikó Bangó Borbély. Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI

Hence the Socialist politician turned to the chief prosecutor and asked:

Is it a crime to cause the death of 24 thousand people?

Ildikó Bangó Borbély argued that knowing that the under-funding of the health care sector led to the death of thousands, still not providing more and enough money for the cause and only hoping that these deaths will not occur is involuntary manslaughter due to negligence. The Socialist politician wants to know who is responsible for the untimely death of so many.

In reaction, the chief prosecutor forwarded the letter to Budapest police for further consideration.

Featured photo illustration by Márton Mónus/MTI