The government will spend 8.3 billion forints (EUR 23.4m) on new medical and IT equipment for hospitals and clinics in Budapest and Pest County, the human resources minister said. A total of 23 hospitals and outpatient clinics will be getting new equipment under the Healthy Budapest Programme (EBP), Miklós Kásler told a press conference. The procurement will cover diagnostic, imaging, laboratory and surgical instruments, Kásler said. The government will also purchase endoscopic, anesthesiological, intensive-care and operating equipment as well as equipment needed for physiotherapy, sterilisation and hygiene. Hospital furniture will also be procured, and hospitals and clinics will also be equipped with printers and 4,000 new computers, he added. The government is committed to creating a “new health culture” centred on prevention and improving the quality of the equipment used for treatment, Kásler said. Under the EBP, the government will spend more than 700 billion forints on upgrading hospitals and outpatient clinics in Budapest and Pest County, alongside Budapest’s medical Semmelweis University, between now and 2026, he said.