The opposition Socialists have said they will initiate setting up a parliamentary investigative committee to look into the government’s decisions made in response to the novel coronavirus epidemic. Addressing an online press conference over the weekend, Socialist lawmaker Ildikó Borbély Bangó said the body should investigate the suspension of basic health-care services, the order for hospitals to vacate a proportion of their beds, “how hospitals became coronavirus clusters”, the delayed delivery of protective equipment and the 300 billion forint (EUR 844.3m) order for ventilators. Borbély Bangó said that if Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler was “confident in what he’s doing”, he should agree to setting up the committee and appear before it for a hearing.
Ruling Fidesz said in response that the Socialist Party had “continuously tried to hinder the epidemic response efforts and used the epidemic for nothing but cheap political posturing”. Thanks to the government’s timely and effective measures, Hungary handled the first wave of the coronavirus epidemic well and is prepared to handle any new infections and treat patients, the party said in a statement.