Hospital-acquired infections

Some Hungarian hospitals have been facing a serious infection situation for years. Yet nothing happens to them

Never before has it been possible to get a deeper look into the most frightening corners of the Hungarian health system. Direkt36 has obtained the latest data on hospital-acquired infections between 2017 and 2022.

The Ministry of Interior says there is no problem with hospital-acquired infections. However, a leaked document says they know the situation is serious

According to an internal document of the Ministry of Interior leaked to Direkt36, health care authorities are aware of the gravity of problems caused by hospital-acquired infections in Hungary. Miniszter Sándor Pintér is involed in the deliberations, and measures were proposed to address the crisis. However, according to the leaked document funding for improvement will be scarce.

“Washing our hands” – here is the documentary uncovering the secrets of hospital-acquired infections

Direkt36 has spent more than a year investigating the worsening situation of hospital-acquired infections in Hungary. Watch our documentary film that tells the story of several victims and exposes the shortcomings of the Hungarian health-care system that lead to the problem.

In England, the cleaner is the most important person in the hospital. How did other countries manage to decrease hospital-acquired infections?

While the spread of dangerous hospital-acquired infections is a growing problem in Hungary every year, it is being successfully managed elsewhere. In England, this problem has been solved with a lot of attention and radical transparency. In other words, they have done almost the opposite of what is happening in Hungary. Part four of Direkt36’s Semmelweis Project.

“We just spread the bacteria all over the hospital” – Why is the prevalence of dangerous hospital-acquired infections growing in Hungary?

A 35-year-old mother has contracted a serious hospital infection because she was left for hours without changing a contaminated diaper that was put on her after an operation. In the third part of the Semmelweis Project, Direkt36 looks at how hospital conditions can cause such infections.

Until now, it was a secret how Hungarian hospitals were dealing with infections. Direkt36 has created and now publishes their ranking.

For the first time, we publish a ranking of how Hungarian hospitals compare to each other based on the handling of hospital-acquired infections. One of the most problematic institutions itself admits to have conditions typical of the 1950s. Semmelweis Project, Part II.

Thousands of hospital patients are dying from terrible infections. Instead of addressing the situation, the government is working to cover it up

Year after year, hospitals report an increasing amount of serious and even fatal hospital-acquired infections, but the reality is even worse than what the official data shows. Authorities and the government are trying to sweep the problem under the carpet, but Direkt36 has managed to uncover details hidden until now. Semmelweis Project, Part I.