Klára Dobrev, an MEP of the opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) party, pledged wage and staff increases in health care and a stand-alone ministry to oversee the sector, if DK gets elected into power next spring.
Dobrev, who is running in the pre-election to become the opposition alliance’s prime ministerial candidate, and two health experts of the party held an online press conference after meeting representatives of five health-care organisations in Budapest on Friday. “The coronavirus pandemic highlighted the collapse of Hungarian health care,” Dobrev said. The strategically important health-care sector needs a specialised ministry, she added. The opposition parties have pledged to raise health-care spending to the EU average ratio of GDP, she said. She said a large-scale staff increase was the first and most important task, pledging to employ an additional 3,000 new doctors, 500 GPs, and 9,000 new health professionals in the coming years.