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Coronavirus – MSZP: Gov’t Failing to Address People’s Everyday Problems

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.05.15.

The opposition MSZP (Socialist Party) said on Thursday that the Orbán government should focus on resolving people’s everyday difficulties and addressing problems in health care and social care instead of slamming the opposition and the European Union.

Deputy group leader Tamás Harangozó told an online press conference that the head of the prime minister’s office, Gergely Gulyás, had failed to address issues such as how to help people who have lost their jobs and pensioners and families in hard circumstances.

Commenting on Thursday’s debate at the European Parliament on Hungary, he said Gulyás’ comparison of the EP to a communist dictatorship — when the Hungarian police arrested people for posting their views on Facebook — had a “certain charm”. He called on the government to apologise for “harassing people illegally”.

Harangozó said it was “appalling” that during a 12-hour cabinet meeting, no time had been devoted to problems in health care and social care. Data, he added, show that state-run hospitals were nest beds of infection, while infections in elderly care homes had been imported from hospitals.

He added that the Socialists continued to demand the resignation of Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler and the establishment of a dedicated health ministry. The party also demands immediate wage increases for workers in care homes and a one-off bonus payment of 500,000 forints (EUR 1,400), just like the one granted to health-care staff, he said.

Featured photo by Lajos Soós/MTI