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Row over Hungarian Chamber of Physicians

Wednesday, March 1st, 2023

A pro-government author agrees with the new law weakening the authority of the Hungarian Chamber of Physicians. Liberal commentators are divided over the issue. The law was passed comfortably by the large Fidesz majority in Parliament on Tuesday afternoon. READ MORE

Heated dispute over vaccination

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

As the third wave of the pandemic hits Hungary, a respected surgeon calls for ethical proceedings against GPs who hesitate to recommend the Chinese jab to patients. A left-wing columnist, on the other hand, criticizes the government for using the epidemic for political purposes. READ MORE

Health service pay rise offers rejected

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

As health workers’ trade unions reject the government’s pay hike scheme, a health care manager advocates the rationalization of services and the abolition of ‘gratitude money’. READ MORE

64 doctors against ‘gratitude money’ demand healthcare reforms

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

As doctors demand higher wages to end so called ‘gratitude payments’ and stop the emigration of health care personnel from Hungary, a centrist columnist thinks that ending the system of illegal payments in hospitals is close to impossible. READ MORE

Mass resignation of doctors cancelled

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

A pro-government commentator is relieved by the fact that the government at the very last moment promised significant wage rises for doctors. The doctors had threatened to quit their jobs en masse on January 1. READ MORE

How to save the public health service?

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

The exodus of young (and old) Hungarian doctors is reaching intolerable proportions. Young doctors are threatening to leave their posts en masse. A pro-government commentator understands their bitterness, but fears that their demands for pay rises are unrealistic. READ MORE