Those who have already been in a Hungarian hospital know that they are not the most modern buildings in the world. Moreover, Hungarian healthcare workers from the doctors to the assistants are not only underpaid but also overworked, so it is not surprising that those who acquire their degree start their career abroad, mostly in Germany or Austria. Taking all these into consideration, it is still shocking what COVID-19 departments look like today and in what kind of environment healthcare workers have to hold on day by day.
Currently, it is common knowledge in Hungary that the healthcare system of the country does not collapse because of the commitment and perseverance of the people working in it. The below-published photos are not from individuals who received care but from the Hungarian Medical Chamber, the trade union of the Hungarian doctors.
The photos show
what a doctor’s lounge and a toilet look like in the COVID-department
of an unknown hospital. 24 tried to ask the medical chamber who took the photos and where, but they answered that they would like to protect their source. At first, they only said that “COVID centre, doctor’s lounge, and toilet. Our colleagues hold on even in such circumstances.”
Later, they amended their post. They said that their colleagues are close to their physical limits but are afraid of their bosses. Therefore, they would not like to have their name or the hospital where they took the photo displayed under the post.
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Still, they do what they can at the coronavirus department.
The Hungarian Medical Chamber added that their task is not to criticise a department or a hospital but to provide an opportunity for their colleagues to share their problems. It is the chamber’s task to
protect their colleagues who would like to remain anonymous.
They only hope that the photos will reach the maintainer of the institution who will recognise the place where they were taken.
Meanwhile, the medical chamber does not want to suggest that the quality of the care is low in the institution. The chamber says that the photos only show that regardless of the circumstances, their colleagues provide quality care for their patients.