Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Index – Domestic – Meeting officers test whether doctors accept gratitude money


From March, the National Defense Service (NVSZ) will check the acceptance of gratitude money from those in the legal service. Piroska Váradi, Head of the Corruption Prevention Department of the NVSZ, gave an extensive interview to Népszava in connection with the audit.

As of January 1, the legal facts of bribery were expanded in the Penal Code with gratitude money, and on that day, a new inspection department was set up with fifty people.

“The exact working methods are still being shaped,” Piroska Váradi told Népszava. However, he confirmed, as the NSA had previously written to the Index, that real-life situations could be expected, one of the participants of which would be a staff member of the department, a so-called “negotiator” who had been specially trained for this task.

Piroska Váradi added: it is not a covered detective, not a built-in agent. The other party is obviously working in healthcare.

We test whether you accept the money offered for bribery or any other undue advantage. I want to emphasize that this is a test. No spleen fraud, no tube pulling. This is guaranteed by the fact that the due diligence is carried out under strict prosecutorial supervision

– said the head of the department.

Beyond that, however, he did not disclose specifics about possible situations because these are not public information.

He pointed out, however, that each case is subject to individual adjudication and, ultimately, the court will rule out whether an implied conduct is capable of pleading guilty. The new department of the NVSZ only makes a report. In principle, the court can sentence the person accepting gratitude to imprisonment for up to three years.

Patients are not included in the scope of the study, but if they give gratitude money, they commit the crime of bribery and are punished in the same way.

They will also be prosecuted if a report is received by the investigating authority. Doctors and healthcare workers are not obliged to report.

A particular problem with this type of crime is that it also makes it difficult to detect that all those involved have an interest in not finding out.

Said Piroska Váradi. They also have techniques for this, but you can’t mention specifics either.





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