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DK SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER VENTILATOR CAPACITIES

 

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has called on the government to indicate the maximum number of ventilators that could be used in Hungarian hospitals simultaneously. DK spokesman Balázs Barkóczi told a press conference that though the government had earlier spent “hundreds of billions” of forints to purchase ventilators “for campaign purposes”, it “keeps changing the number of machines they say are sufficiently staffed to operate”. “When only a couple hundred patients were on ventilators, government officials said up to 1,000 patients could be assisted at a time; when the number went above 900 hundred, they said the capacity was enough for 1,400 patients, and now, when the breathing of 1,340 patients is being assisted, the same officials claim that even 2,000 patients could be put on ventilators,” Barkóczi said. Referring to reports from the medical profession, Barkóczi insisted that “they often have to choose which one of two patients” to put on a ventilator.