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Doctor Arrested For Profiting off Budapest Hospital’s Covid Medicine

Tamás Vaski 2021.02.20.

A doctor has been arrested for stealing medicine meant for coronavirus patients at a Budapest hospital. Along with an accomplice, the suspect has been profiting off the stolen medicine through bribes.

On Thursday, the Prosecution Service of Hungary’s Budapest department arrested the doctor and another individual, possibly an accomplice. The service also produced several suspects, and trials are underway.

According to the discovery of the National Protective Service, the suspect had access to coronavirus medicine kept under strict doctoral supervision and meant to be prescribed only to those at the Budapest hospital being treated for Covid-19.

The report’s suspicion is that with the aid of a former patient, the doctor was able to sell these medicines illegally on a regular basis.

The service says that by reducing the Budapest hospital’s medicine supply, the doctor was endangering the health of all the patients infected with the coronavirus. They also say that the doctor was endangering the health of those people who were receiving the stolen medicines illegally.

The cooperation between Hungary’s Prosecution Service, the National Protective Service, and the police led to 14 house searches.

At multiple locations, detectives found relevant medicine, cash from what was likely bribery, and other pieces of evidence which backed up the authorities’ suspicions.

Hungary’s Prosecution service has produced five suspects, two of them are currently under arrest.

The arrest shows that the Department of Protection for Health Service Providers, established to enforce a government decree in January, is working effectively.

Hungary's Secret Service Ready to Fight Corruption in Health Care
Hungary's Secret Service Ready to Fight Corruption in Health Care

The National Protective Service’s (NVSZ) Department of Protection for Health Service Providers is already operating to mitigate corruption in Hungary’s health care sector, despite their legal relationship not yet being formalized with all health care workers, reports pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet. The 50 person department has branches located in Pest, Buda, Pest County, Debrecen, Szeged, […]Continue reading

The department, a branch of the National Protective Service, was created specifically for the purpose of rooting out corruption in Hungary’s health care sector.

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