'More Doctors' program will resume this Monday, announces minister

According to Paulo Pimenta, the program will prioritize Brazilian professionals and expand areas covered to improve service to the population

NILTON FUKUDA/STATÃO CONTENTProgram became known for hiring Cuban doctors to work in Brazil

The government announced that the program “More Doctors” will be relaunched this Monday, the 20th. The resumption of the program is a promise from the government Lula. The Chief Minister of the Social Communication Secretariat of the Presidency, Paulo Pimenta, used social networks to confirm the return of the program, which, according to him, will prioritize Brazilian doctors. On Twitter, Pimenta informed that the launch will take place on Monday and that the idea is to increase the number of health professionals, in addition to investing in the construction and renovation of basic units to improve service to the THEIR In all the Brazil. Launched in 2013, during the management of Dilma Rousseffthe program became known for hiring foreign doctors, mainly Cubans, but it was resisted by the government of Jair Bolsonaro, which questioned the arrival of professionals from Cuba to take care of health in Brazil. In 2019, a new program was created, “Doctors for Brazil”, to replace the previous one.

According to the head of the Primary Care Secretariat of the Ministry of Health, Nésio Fernandes, vacancies will be offered, at first, to Brazilian physicians registered in regional councils and to graduates abroad. After that, the remaining vacancies will be open to foreigners. According to the secretary, about 300 municipalities do not have doctors in family units for more than a year and almost 800 cannot keep doctors working. Minister Paulo Pimenta also anticipated that the new “More Doctors” will be called “More Health for Brazil”, being extended to professionals such as dentists, nurses and social workers in health teams.

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