The recent decision continues to cause difficulty both in Hungarian politics and in the healthcare system of the country.
As DNH recently reported, the vaccination of healthcare workers will be obligatory starting from September 1. The issue of the jabs and whether it should be obligatory or not is still a question that divides society. Many people are afraid of the side effects it may cause, while others simply say that this should be decided freely by every single citizen.
When a healthcare worker is hesitant or is against being vaccinated, it causes further complications. Already before the decision was final, DNH wrote about the possible outcome. Many doctors were considering leaving either the profession or the country in the case the measure was introduced. Now that it is in effect, and every healthcare worker will be obligated to receive the vaccine, the already low number of professionals in the sector will further decrease.
All this comes after the government announced a new work contract for healthcare professionals in the middle of the pandemic. Since then, some details were reconsidered, but still, several aspects of it make people leave the work they love.
So many healthcare professionals have already left that the Uzsoki Hospital of Budapest had to close its emergency unit on Wednesday from 18:00,
writes 444.hu. The reason is that so many doctors who were previously employed at more than one hospital or clinic decided to resign. It resulted in such a shortage of healthcare professionals that the president of the hospital, Dr Ferenc Tóth, had no choice but to stop the operation of the emergency unit, except for the traumatology unit. Patients in grave conditions are being directed to three other hospitals in the capital.
Numerous doctors decided to leave either their hospital, their profession, or even the country right before being forced to sign the new work contract. This already problematic situation was further worsened by the obligation to be vaccinated.
Hungarian right-wing party Mi Hazánk stands up against the decision. They say that
obligating people to receive a vaccine they either do not want or are afraid of is against the Constitution.
They believe that refusing to get the serum and thus the immunity certificate causes them to be the victim of discrimination.
The party is planning to file a mass complaint based on their constitutional rights. They will upload the cabinet’s legal form for healthcare workers to fill out.
“It is unacceptable that certain workplaces will make the vaccine obligatory; we should rather talk about the real consequences of the jabs,” quotes 24.hu the standpoint of Mi Hazánk. They believe that this way, further professionals will leave their jobs, thus creating longer queues for examinations or treatments, making waiting lists that are already long enough even longer.
Source: 444.hu, dailynewshungary.com, 24.hu, hvg.hu