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HEALTH REFORM – Prompt response for complaint The government spokesman moved quickly yesterday to assure Health Minister Alekos Papadopoulos that Prime Minister Costas Simitis was fully supportive of his efforts to reform the health system. The prime minister and all of us support Alekos Papadopoulos’s effort for a correct reformation of the health system. Christos Protopappas said. This followed an interview with Eleftherotypia yesterday in which Papadopoulos complained that various other people, in order to undermine the (reform) effort, quote sources from the Maximos Mansion, the prime minister’s office. Many of the reforms have met with stiff resistance (such as university doctors having to choose between state and private hospitals). Encephalopathy. Laboratory tests in the next few days are expected to determine how a 45-year-old firefighter contracted spongiform encephalitis, from which he died on Friday. Dimitris Delis was treated at an Athenian military hospital for three months before his death. The first case of bovine spongiform encephalitis in Greece was discovered in a cow last July. No people are believed to have been infected from eating meat here. House divided. Bishop Kallinikos of Piraeus, the spiritual father of Archbishop Christodoulos, continued to attack the latter yesterday, declaring that the archbishop’s choice for a new bishop for Syros was mistaken. Asked by journalists to describe ties with Christodoulos, Kallinikos said, Not good at all. He said that as a father, this grieved him doubly. Told what Kallinikos had said, Christodoulos told journalists: I don’t believe you.