In March, about 5,500 doctors and nurses decided not to continue working in public health and not to sign a new employment contract. They are implicated in the alleged violation against which the HCLU, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and the Hungarian Medical Chamber (MOK) are working together – writes World Economics hvg.hu.
Those who did not sign the contract received one to three months’ severance pay, although as government employees they could receive an amount equivalent to eight months’ salary, depending on the length of their employment. According to Zoltan Balogh, President of the Hungarian Chamber of Health Care Professionals, severance payments should have been settled according to the previous status of a civil servant.
HCLU attorney Marton Asboth told the newspaper that those who leave public health care have already received less severance pay than they did. The HCLU, together with the Helsinki Committee and the MOK, has prepared a joint memorandum by which victims can turn to the Constitutional Court. This petition can be completed and sent to the Constitutional Court by 17 May. According to Asbóth, this does not mean legally suing, but the Ab is likely to consolidate and adjudicate cases at the same time.
Balogh hopes that a decision will be reached by the Constitutional Court later this year.
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