“Mistake” To Centralise Specialist Hospital Care In Hungary, Says Lázár

  • 25 Mar 2014 8:00 AM
“Mistake” To Centralise Specialist Hospital Care In Hungary, Says Lázár
It was a “serious” mistake both from the economic and professional points of view to centralise specialised hospitals around the country, the cabinet chief said in the town of Makó, in south Hungary. János Lázár, speaking at a news conference after talking to health-care professionals at a local hospital, said there was a need for small and medium-sized countryside hospitals.

These have proved indispensable over the past 25 years, he said. He said the next government should preserve and strengthen such hospitals. The previous government’s programme of centralising specialist treatments and taking them away from smaller hospitals failed to solve the problems of the entire health-care sector, Lázár said.

He said a hospital had a role not only in providing health care but in the functioning of a locality. Every countryside hospital now operating must continue, Lázár added.

The state secretary added that billions of forints in European Union funding would be tapped for upgrading facilities. Csaba Hende, the defence minister, at another event said that Hungary’s biggest hospital, the Honvéd, managed to halve debts to 4 billion forints in the past cycle while having 1.2 million patients in its scope.

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