Mexican President highlights hiring of Cuban doctors

Mexico City, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is the country with more doctors than any other, that’s why we hire them and that’s why conservatives don’t like it, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador affirmed today.

He made the statement during the morning press conference at the National Palace when answering a question about the chronic deficit of doctors that Mexico has and, in particular, basic specialists such as pediatricians, oncologists, nephrologists, etc. He explained that they are looking into where to get them.

He explained that they are looking where to get them to cover more than eight thousand vacancies in the country and it turns out that they cannot be found because all nations have the same problem as Mexico and there is a reality: in Latin America and even in the world, Cuba has the most doctors.

He pointed out that this shows that the neoliberal model is a resounding failure, not only in our country because what is happening in the economy was only precipitated by the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, because it was already about to explode because the model does not work.

It is impossible that there are 800 million people in the world living on one dollar a day and this brutal social inequality cannot continue. The deficit of doctors in Mexico is the clearest proof of the failure of the neoliberal model, he reiterated.

Imagine that there are no specialists in the countries where we have searched, especially because of the policies imposed to limit the possibility for young people to study and enter medical schools.

In Mexico, 300,000 aspiring doctors were rejected every year, he pointed out.

Those who supported that policy should be held accountable, as well as those of us who kept silent, from presidents to all public servants, university rectors and politicians, he said.

The director of the Mexican Social Security Institute, Zoé Robledo, said that the deficit of 14,500 doctors is not covered, nor are the 8,800 specialties, which will be covered by hiring until Mexican specialists are trained.


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