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Cuba pulls more than 8000 doctors out of Brazil after qualifications are questioned

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4860 (Published 15 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4860
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

Cuba has said that it will bring more than 8000 doctors back from Brazil after that country’s president elect, Jair Bolsonaro, made comments that Cuba’s health ministry called “contemptuous and threatening to the presence of our doctors.”

Cuban nationals account for more than half of the 16 000 doctors working in Brazil’s “More Doctors” (Mais Médicos) programme, started in 2013 by the former president Dilma Rousseff to deliver healthcare to the country’s poorest and most remote regions.

On 2 November Bolsonaro, who has yet to take up office, told Brasilia’s Correio Braziliense newspaper that the Cuban doctors would all have to requalify in Brazil.

Cuba’s health ministry said in a statement announcing the end of their participation, “It is not acceptable to question the dignity, professionalism, and altruism of Cuban co-workers.” 1

The president of Brazil’s National Council of Municipal Health Secretariats …

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