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Medical union condemns contract for Cuban doctors to work in Portugal as “slavery”

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4253 (Published 05 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4253
  1. Tiago Villanueva
  1. 1Lisbon

    A Portuguese doctors’ union has denounced a deal between the Portuguese and Cuban governments allowing 43 Cuban doctors to work in Portuguese primary healthcare centres.

    The union claims the doctors may not be properly qualified to work as general practitioners and says they are working under conditions the union considers to be “slavery.”

    The doctors began arriving in August 2009 to work in areas of Portugal that find it difficult to attract doctors to work there. In many cases the existing GP is either close to retirement age or wants to take early retirement.

    Cuban doctors are not qualified to work as general practitioners, João Moura Reis, regional secretary of the Independent Union of Doctors for the Portuguese Region of Alentejo told the BMJ. Dr …

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