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Cuba begins pulling 8300 doctors out of Brazil following Bolsonaro’s comments

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 27 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5027
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal, Canada

Millions of Brazilian patients in deprived and underserved areas are facing cancelled appointments and deep uncertainty as charter aircraft hired by Cuba’s government began repatriating 8332 doctors who had worked in Brazil under an international agreement, following comments from its new far right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro which Cuba called “contemptuous and threatening” towards its doctors.1

Questioning the abilities of Cuban doctors, and suggesting that they had committed “barbarities,” Bolsonaro declared that they would have to submit to the Brazilian examination for foreign doctors known as the Revalida.

The agreement that brought the Cubans to Brazil to support former president Dilma Rousseff’s More Doctors (Mais Médicos) programme, negotiated through the Pan-American Health …

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