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DK slams government for ‘pushing health care to the brink of ruin’

The opposition Democratic Coalition said on Tuesday that the government had "pushed health care in Hungary to the brink of ruin", with nearly 60,000 people on waiting lists for operations, 18,000 for cataract surgery, and some 20,000 for hip and knee replacements.

Citing as the source for the figures, DK lawmaker Zoltan Komaromi told an online press conference that the government had been steadily shrinking the sector’s funding for the past 12 years and “forcing overworked doctors and nurses to leave the profession”.

He accused the government of “downgrading health care to a sub-department of the interior ministry”, adding that this signalled the government had no intention of tackling problems in the health sector.

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