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DK CALLS FOR PUNITIVE MEASURES AGAINST SUPPLIERS OF POOR HEALTH EQUIPMENT

 

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) is calling for legislation to make it a criminal offence to supply health-care institutions with equipment that falls short of the standards required for protection against the novel coronavirus. Deputy parliamentary group leader Gergely Arató said that an amendment to the criminal code was needed in light of images showing that some kit acquired from China was unsuitable for a health-care setting, and indeed this warning had appeared on the packaging. Medical universities have reported that some of the test kits purchased were also unreliable, he added. The politician said health staff had complained that protective equipment they were given was insufficient both in terms of quality or quantity. “Since the government has demanded full powers in the current period, it should be expected to act with caution and take full responsibility,” he said.