HAVANA TIMES — The Brazilian government confirmed on Monday its decision to not carry through with its announced plan to contract a large medical contingent from Cuba and will instead contract professionals on an individual basis, informed Reuters.
“We never reached an accord with Cuba. Now the priority is Spain and Portugal,” said the Brazilian Health Ministry, which added that Cuban doctors can apply for the work, but on an individual basis and from Spain or Portugal.
This past May the Brazilian government announced it was holding talks with Cuba on the hiring of 6,000 Cuban doctors to work in remote areas of the South American country where health care is deficient. The plan generated protests from Brazilian doctors who questioned the quality of the training of the Cubans.
Havana Times consulted with doctors planning to go to Brazil under the supposed government to government program who said they were continuing preparations for the trip, announced unofficially for August and September.
If true, the news would be a setback for the Cuban government, which has among its top revenue earners the export of medical services, where the majority of the money received under the contracts stays with the government.