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Government official lauds health-care workers

Hungary is thankful to and proud of its health-care workers, Bence Retvari, a state secretary of the interior ministry, said on Friday, marking the upcoming Semmelweis Day, the day of national health care.

Doctors have seen a significant increase in their wages, allowing the elimination of gratuity payments, Retvari told a Semmelweis Day event at the Javorszky Odon Hospital in Vac, on the outskirts of Budapest, adding that nurses were also set to receive a pay hike.

In spite of the difficulties, the 2024 draft budget set to be passed by parliament next week allocates more funding towards health care than this year’s budget, Retvari said.

Observed on July 1, Semmelweis Day is named after Ignaz Semmelweis, a 19th-century Hungarian physician now known as an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures, who was often described as the “savior of mothers”.

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