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Conflicting takes on Hungary’s coronavirus balance sheet

Monday, November 16th, 2020

Left-wing and liberal commentators accuse the government of risking the lives of Hungarians by mishandling the coronavirus epidemic. Pro-government columnists, on the other hand, dismiss such criticism as fear-mongering demagoguery. READ MORE

PM predicts tough months ahead for hospitals

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

As Prime Minister Orbán announces unprecedented wage hikes for physicians and warns that the second wave of the pandemic will be deeper and longer than the first one, a centrist analyst warns that the COVID pandemic could get out of control if the government and the public do not take more severe precautions. READ MORE

Hospital beds emptied in preparation for coronavirus spike

Friday, April 17th, 2020

A left-wing commentator finds the government’s move to empty 50 per cent of hospital beds in the country irresponsible, in anticipation of a huge spike in coronavirus cases. A pro-government pundit dismisses such accusations. READ MORE

Hungary shuts the border

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

A pro-government columnist welcomes the government’s decision to shut down Hungary’s borders. His left-wing counterpart suggests that border closure is just another propaganda stunt and the government is not helping Hungarians cope with the coronavirus epidemic. READ MORE

School closures recommended to combat the coronavirus epidemic

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

A liberal economist thinks closing schools would be a useful step to slow down the spread of an epidemic and thus help the health service cope with the disease. READ MORE

Fears over corona virus

Saturday, February 8th, 2020

Two medical doctors suggest that what they regard as fearmongering over the corona virus may have more severe implications than the actual spread of the virus. A left-wing columnist, on the other hand, ponders the political and social implications of a potential global pandemic. READ MORE

Medical chamber elects opposition-leaning leadership

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

A pro-government site writes about a left-liberal takeover of the Chamber of Doctors, while a left-wing columnist welcomes the result of the election as a victory for the promoters of renewal in the national health service. READ MORE

Health care in the political debate

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Pro-government commentators accuse the opposition of demagoguery when it comes to health care. A left-wing columnist finds the government’s proposed amendments to the Health Care Act both inhumane and discriminatory. READ MORE

State Audit Office criticizes hospitals

Friday, August 10th, 2018

As the head of the State Audit Office accuses hospitals of wasteful and corrupt practices, commentators on Right and Left wonder if the government will have the courage to reform the inefficient and less than transparent health care management system. READ MORE

Homebirth champion Ágnes Geréb’s sentence confirmed

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Opinions diverge bitterly on the verdict handed down last week to Ágnes Geréb, an obstetrician and midwife who was first sentenced to two years in jail six years ago. That sentence has now been definitively confirmed by the Budapest Court. READ MORE