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Cuba said on Wednesday it would pull thousands of its doctors from Brazil after the South American nation’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro questioned their training and demanded changes to their contracts.
The far-right Bolsonaro, due to take office in January, said in an interview this month that the 11,420 Cuban doctors working in poor and remote parts of Brazil could only stay if they received 100 percent of their pay and their families could join them.
Under the terms of the agreement with Cuba, brokered via the Pan-American Health Organisation, Havana receives the bulk of the doctors’ wages.
Condicionamos à continuidade do programa Mais Médicos a aplicação de teste de capacidade, salário integral aos profissionais cubanos, hoje maior parte destinados à ditadura, e a liberdade para trazerem suas famílias. Infelizmente, Cuba não aceitou.
— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) November 14, 2018
Following derogatory comments by president-elect #Bolsonaro, Havana ends a partnership that saw thousands of Cuban doctors deployed to remote parts of Brazil. More than 60m people benefited from “Mais Medicos” since 2013. 45% of its 18,000 doctors were from #Cuba https://t.co/sYexs6p3Vi
— Pablo Uchoa (@PabloUchoa) November 14, 2018