Lorenzin agrees cuts with regions - update 2

Won't wreck health pact says minister

(ANSA) - Rome, July 2 - Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin on Thursday reached a long-awaited deal with Italy's regions on how to distribute cuts to regional health funding. She said the 2.35-billion-euro deal "will enable us to make up for the lack of increase in funds without wrecking the structure of the health pact". The central government and regional ones have been haggling for months over the cuts demanded by the 2015 budget. Regional officials have said the cuts threatened the level of services mandated under the Rome-regions health pact.
    Lorenzin hailed the new package for avoiding the kind of across-the-board cuts that have been the norm in the past.


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