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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-01-09

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Health sector upgrade progressing at rapid pace

  • [01] Health sector upgrade progressing at rapid pace

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis met on Wednesday with Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, who said afterwards that the work in the health sector was progressing at a rapid pace. Avramopoulos further said that a bill on primary health care, and another bill on hospital procurements, have been completed. In addition, modernisation and infrastructure upgrading the sector were also continuing, with the establishment of new hospitals and Health Centres. <!--On Tuesday, Costas Karamanlis chaired an Inner Cabinet meeting that focused on international economic developments and their possible repercussions on the Greek economy, a meeting that was also attended by Development Minister Christos Folias, who warned afterwards that the government was determined to clamp down on profiteering in domestic markets.

    Speaking to reporters afterwards, Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis stressed that the Greek economy, in the year ahead, has heightened developmental prospects, which he attributed, to a great degree, to reforms carried out in preceding years, "which will ensure the country's growth and a further reduction of unemployment".

    Alogoskoufis noted that the government has taken specific initiatives to boost the financially weaker classes, along with the country's further growth, and to increase employment.

    Asked whether spiralling prices pose a threat to the economy, Alogoskoufis noted that repercussions of skyrocketing oil prices and hikes in food prices and raw materials world-wide were discussed during the Inner Cabinet meeting, adding that, "to date, repercussions have been manageable, but the government and the relevant mechanisms are in constant vigilance so as to confront any re-evaluations".

    Folias, in turn, noted that the "imported inflation, due to oil, grains and milk, obviously influences prices".

    Folias warned that "anyone who believes that, from here on, they can engage in profiteering, they would do well to revise their views, because we are determined to clamp down on them".Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of the Greek prime minister's official office, the Maximos Mansion in Athens. -->


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