The world's number one health care system needs fixin', says the new President of France:
President Nicolas Sarkozy, on his first official trip to the French regions since taking power last week, called Tuesday for a reform of the country's hospitals.
Speaking during a visit to a hospital in the coastal city of Dunkirk, he said he wanted to "reform hospitals" in order to respond to the "malaise" in the health sector.
"I want the health minister to carry out a major dialogue on the mission of hospitals," he said during a meeting with doctors and nurses.
One of the priorities, he said, was to free up hospital beds and to cut waiting times in emergency departments by excluding patients with minor problems.