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KARÁCSONY: BUDAPEST RESUMES ONLINE POLL ON RÁKOSRENDEZŐ PROJECT, OUTPATIENT CARE

 

The Budapest administration is again conducting an online survey of residents’ views on how the project to redevelop the Rákosrendező district should be carried out and whether district municipalities should continue to run specialist outpatient care facilities, Gergely Karácsony, the city’s mayor, said. The question was whether the Rákosrendező project should end up like a mini Dubai or a “park city”, the mayor said in a Facebook post. Questions also remain over whether the Hungarian government should sell the area in an open international procedure or “hide behind an intergovernmental contract”. He also noted the residents would be asked whether outpatient clinics should be “taken away by the state”, as was the case with hospitals and schools. Karácsony insisted that waiting lists in the capital had been shortened, while districts were provided with extra money for outpatient specialist care. More than a 100,000 people participated in last year’s survey dubbed residents’ assembly, when the chief questions concerned traffic on Chain Bridge and a lawsuit the capital launched against the government, he noted.