Cuban doctors take up posts in Brazil amid jeers from local physicians

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 02 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5379
  1. Tiago Villanueva
  1. 1BMJ

A group of 400 doctors from Cuba who arrived in Brazil on 24 and 25 August to work in primary care in deprived areas of the country were greeted with jeers from local doctors, who were protesting about several aspects of the Cubans’ employment, including that their medical credentials were not being adequately checked.

The Cuban doctors came as part of the government’s Mais Médicos (More Doctors) programme, and a further 3600 are expected to arrive by the end of the year. Brazil hopes to have 600 000 doctors by 2026 working in its Unified Health System (SUS), up from 374 000, by increasing its training capacity and the recruitment of foreign doctors.1

Alexandre Padilha, Brazil’s health minister, said, “These professionals will …

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