Minister pledges new direction for health

Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos pledged yesterday to get the national health system’s finances in order, following a meeting with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis. Under-fire Avramopoulos said that he is close to reaching an agreement with hospital suppliers that would save the state 30 percent. He also said that some 10,000 people would be hired to work in the health sector over the next few years.