Brazil renews slave trade
Damn! This news story is hard to follow.
First the Brazilians say yes, let's get us some of them cheap Cuban slave doctors, then they say no, no way, they're too inept, then they say yes again, send them anyway.
Is the real issue here medical care, or that awful euphemism for the kind of corrupt politics that leftists love to call "solidarity"?
Raul will send slave physicians to Brazil, and Brazil will deposit most of their salaries in Raul's bank accounts.
It doesn't matter that the experts in Brazil have exposed the dangerous ignorance and ineptitude of Cuban doctors and sounded every alarm they could find. Some leftist Brazilian bureaucrat, high up, has dismissed all such concerns and placed an order for thousands of poorly-trained Cuban doctors, some or many of whom will surely be spies, "advisors" and agitators, sent there to ensure that Brazil ends up annexed by Cubazuela.
Question of the day: will the sudden exodus of 4,000 doctors have any effect on medical care in Castrogonia?
Castrogonia to Send 4,000 Doctors to Brazil
HAVANA TIMES — Some 4,000 Cuban doctors will arrive in Brazil by the end of this year to serve the population of 701 cities facing a shortage of health services, the Brazilian government announced today.
The arrival of the doctors from Cuba was made ??viable by the signing on Wednesday of an agreement between the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), reported dpa news.
The agreement comes after it appeared in July that such an effort to “import” Cuban MDs had failed, in part because of protests by Brazilian doctors who challenged the qualifications of their Cuban counterparts.
According to the Brazilian Health Minister Alexandre Padilha, the first 400 Cuban doctors will travel to Brazil next weekend to work in cities whose needs have not been addressed in the first phase of the “More Doctors” program, launched by the government.
The second group, consisting of 2,000 physicians, is set to arrive in early October, while the final group will arrive at the end of November.
Padilha said the government will pay to PAHO an amount equal to the salary offered to the 1,700 Brazilians and foreigners already contracted by “More Doctors” – US $ 4,081 per month. PAHO will then transfer the funds to the government of Cuba.
The minister said he ignores what percentage of the salary will actually be paid to the doctors, who will directly receive financial support for their housing and food expenses from the local administrations where they work.
The agreement, which runs through February 2014, provides for the payment to the PAHO of 511 million reals (US $ 208 million, at current exchange rates).
Cuba’s government pays doctors on the island between 20 and 30 dollars a month. They are forbidden from working outside their state position.