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GOVT OFFICIAL: TOTAL OF HUF 88 BN PROVIDED TO BUDAPEST FOR HEALTH SECTOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

The government has provided in recent years increased support worth 88 billion forints (EUR 224m) to Budapest and its district councils for the development of the capital city’s health-care system and improving the quality of services, the state secretary in charge of health said. Inaugurating a child health-care centre in the central 11th district of Újbuda, Bence Rétvári said funds from the Healthy Budapest Scheme had been allocated to the modernisation of 11 national institutions, 13 hospitals and 32 specialised clinics with 34 billion forints provided for the purchase of top-notch equipment. Under the scheme, more than 2.7 billion forints had been earmarked in additional funding to reduce the waiting lists for CT and MRI scans, he said. Rétvári said that while the government had provided resources for health-care developments “at a pace requested by Budapest”, “the same cannot be said about the other side”, the municipality of Budapest. He said Budapest was in a constant delay in using the resources which had prompted the government to extend the deadline for using the resources provided in 2020 and 2021 until the end of this year. Speaking about the new child healthcare centre, Rétvári noted that the government had supported the project with over 4 billion forints.