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Hungary’s unified health-care system has proven to be advantageous in a crisis, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said in an interview to public broadcaster Kossuth Radio on Sunday.

He added that the unified health inventory management under the hospital command system has also proven beneficial. Gulyás also highlighted the necessity of cross-ministerial coordination, saying the operative board had provided the right framework accordingly.

The PMO head said that wages in health care had risen far higher than for other jobs over the past nine years. However, he added that “still, we lag behind western Europe, so further increases are needed.” The Hungarian Medical Chamber, he noted, has also recommended further wage increases combined with a crackdown on gratuity to healthcare workers for the treatment.

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Addressing opposition criticisms of the government’s emergency powers and the subsequent medical preparedness measures, Gulyás accused the opposition of lying about the emergency powers granted to the government that have since been revoked.

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He said the opposition then peddled an even greater lie concerning the new law on epidemiological measures. The PMO head added that until there’s a vaccine against the virus, it is in everyone’s common interest to be prepared.

On the topic of municipal politics in Budapest, Gulyás said István Tarlós, predecessor of the current mayor of the capital Gergely Karácsony, had left the Budapest municipality with 40 billion forints of cash and 160 billion forints of government bonds in its register.

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Gulyás said that now, the municipality holds 180 billion in government bonds, “so it would be hard to say that its liabilities exceed its expenditures.”

featured photo: Tamás Kovács/MTI

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