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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-05-07

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  • [01] PASOK leader in Komotini
  • [02] Panathinaikos wins Eurobasketball championship

  • [01] PASOK leader in Komotini

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou will visit the northeastern border city of Komotini on Monday, where he is scheduled to address an event of his party's affiliated youth group.

    Over the weekend, Papandreou outlined his party's health programme, which is entitled "Health and Care for All", while addressing a party conference on the issue of health Saturday morning. He also again charged that the country is "rudderless" and that the government is incapable of governing.

    Regarding the health care system, Papandreou said changes must bring about a drastic decrease in inequalities in the health sector, while also referring to an increase in the system's financing by 1 percent of GDP by the end of the four-year period and implementation of what he termed as "health through all ministries."

    The PASOK leader further said medical and pharmaceutical care must be provided on a 24-hour basis. In this framework, he proposed the creation of "family medicine units" in cities' neighbourhoods.

    Papandreou further said that bureaucracy and inconvenience must be eliminated with an electronic health card that will include diagnosis, prescriptions and lab tests, and through which immediate access to a patient's medical record will be possible.

    Health must also be related to development, Papandreou stressed, meaning quality services will be linked to the development of tourism, sports and culture and scientific and medical tourism must be developed to enable people to come to Greece who need specialised restorative and preventive medical services or prolonged treatment.

    [02] Panathinaikos wins Eurobasketball championship

    Panathinaikos Athens won the Euroleague Basketball Final Four 2007 championship after beating CSKA Moscow 93-91 at the indoor Athens Olympic Stadium on Sunday night.

    It is the fourth time that Panathinaikos wins the Euroleague championship. The last time was in 2002.

    Earlier in the evening, Unicaja Malaga beat Tau Ceramica 76-74 and won third place in the championship.

    Caption: Panathinaikos forward Ramunas Siskauskas attempts a lay-up during the Panathinaikos-CSKA Final Four championship game on Sunday, May 6, 2007. ANA-MPA / INTIME SPORTS / G. MATTHAIOS.

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