‘The reform will be implemented’

The health reform will be implemented, Papadopoulos insisted on Thursday, adding that bills relating to health would be voted on according to a strict timetable. The minister explained that a wide range of legislation is not enforced for the lack of strong implementation plans. Referring to the new laws for institutional reform, Papadopoulos said the bill covering doctors’ training was ready and the bill for public health and hygiene was being drafted. The draft bill for Uniform Public Primary Health Care is to be published in January 2002 and presented to Parliament in March. The minister sees the double entry system, for which he himself is responsible, as a fundamental part for the reform that will rein in waste and expenditure at hospitals. The system will be in full force in hospitals in 2003.