Capitol Hill Cubans:
Brazilian Unions Challenge Exploitation of Cuban Doctors
Brazilian medical unions are trying to mount a court challenge to the use of Cuban doctors [t]here.
Jose Roberto Murisset, the human rights secretary of the National Doctors Federation, says that the Cuban government takes most of the money that is paid for the doctors. The Brazilian government has also decreed that the Cuban doctors have no right to ask for asylum in Brazil.
“Brazil has strong labor rights, but these Cuban doctors don’t have their rights guaranteed,” he says.
The main bone of contention is that foreign doctors arriving under the new program don’t have to take the Brazilian medical exam to practice. Murisset says that many of the doctors coming from abroad would fail the test and are underqualifed.
NPR report: ‘Castrocare’ Divides Doctors In Cuba, Brazil
Ah, the irony: Fidel Castro himself had to import a full operating room and surgical team along with an oncologist, Dr. Jose Luis Garcia Sabrido, when he needed treatment. ‘Castrocare’, indeed.