Coronavirus: Opposition DK Demands Answers On Reports Of Ventilator Shortages

  • 18 Sep 2020 7:48 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Coronavirus: Opposition DK Demands Answers On Reports Of Ventilator Shortages
The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has called on the government to explain why hospitals are reportedly short of ventilators.

Citing a report by the daily Népszava, Zoltán Komáromi, DK’s health spokesman, told a press conference that some hospitals in Hungary no longer had the capacity to treat patients requiring ventilation.

“For weeks the media has been going on about how the government has secured several times as many ventilators as are needed to treat patients, yet there are shortages of them where they would be needed,” Komáromi said.

Citing Népszava, he said the Korányi Pulmonary Hospital was even having to borrow personnel from other institutions because it was short staffed.

He speculated that the ventilators the government had spent 300 billion forints (EUR 836.2m) on were being stored in warehouses instead of being put to use at hospitals.

“It appears that the procurement of the brutally overpriced ventilators was only done so that funds could be stolen and not to equip the health-care sector,” he said.


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