A group of Cuban activists and medical professionals have criticized plans by the communist Castro regime to send 119 additional Cuban slave doctors to Mexico, at a time when the country’s fragile and understaffed health system faces its worst crisis in more than six decades of communist rule.
The government of far-left Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will receive 119 additional Cuban doctors in January 2023. The 119 slave doctors will join the existing pool of 491 to complete the total of 610 Cuban doctors sent to Mexico, as agreed in July 2022 between the Mexican health authorities and the Cuban Medical Services Marketer (CSMC), the communist regime’s organization that manages the trade in Cuban slave doctors.
Cuban doctors working under these arrangements have described themselves as “slaves” because they are paid minimum wages and have little control over their medical careers; they are simply exported as a commodity, like bags of sugar.
According to reports published in August, Mexico would pay Cuba more than $1 million a month for forced labor for doctors over a 12-month period.
Eduardo Cardet, Cuban physician and leader of the Cuban dissident Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) political party Told Radio Television Marti said Wednesday that sending more Cuban doctors would reduce Cuba’s ability to provide health services.
“The Cuban health system is in a degree of deterioration that increasingly generates a deficit not only of personnel, but of supplies,” Cardet said. “Unfortunately the regime treats this like a business, it’s no secret that the dividends it derives from the export of professional and healthcare services in general are very juicy.”
According to the Castro regime, the slave trade has always been their main source of income. revenue for the communist regime over the years. In 2020 it was valued that the communist regime earned more than $11 billion a year from the controlled work of the country’s medical professionals.
The Castro regime pocketed nearly all of the revenue from the slave doctor trade, paying doctors meager salaries. In 2020, Cuban slave doctors in Venezuela complained they were only paid $4 a month.
“The resources that the regime is supposed to derive from the export of these medical services, as we have observed over time, will not be reinvested in improving the living conditions of the Cuban people or in the hospital system, polyclinic and health in general,” continued Cardet.
The Castro regime, aided by international left-leaning media, ideologically aligned politicians and its doctor-slave agenda, has sold its tightly controlled healthcare system as flawless and world-leading. In reality, Cuba’s healthcare system is in shambles, along with the rest of the nation, following more than six decades of communist rule.
Cuba faces harsh medicine shortages for a few years. In July 2022, reports indicated that shortages of basic medicines, which include treatments for asthma, lung conditions and hypertension, reached nearly 40 percent. Shortages of basic supplies, such as casts for the treatment of fractures, have strength Cuban doctors to use pieces of cardboard instead.
Havana-based historian and journalist Boris González Arena told Radio Television Marti that experienced doctors who are sent abroad on forced labor “missions” are hastily replaced by recently graduated doctors.
“The Cuban health system needs a lot of human capital, because since it does not have diagnostic technology or medicines, it needs, at least, a good doctor,” González Arena said.
The Organization of American States (OAS) denounced the Cuban slave doctor program labeled as “human trafficking” in 2019. Doctors sent abroad by the communist regime have their passports withdrawn, are subject to very strict curfews and constant surveillance, and are not allowed to drive unless authorized to do so or even to befriend the locals.
Those who manage to leave the communist regime’s forced labor program are banned to enter Cuba for an eight-year period – which can force defecting doctors to miss their children growing up.
Cuban human rights organization Prisoner Defenders published a December 12 report in which the organization directly accused the regional government of Calabria, Italy, Qatar and Mexico of supporting the Castro regime’s trade in slave doctors.
The government of the Italian region of Calabria announcement Wednesday the arrival of 50 Cuban slave doctors in the region as part of an agreement signed by the local governor of Calabria, Roberto Occhiuto, with the Castro regime in August 2022.
“They tried to stop us, with controversies and bureaucratic obstacles, but we succeeded,” Occhiuto said Wednesday via his Facebook Account. “As I have said many times, they will not steal any jobs from Italian doctors, but they will help us keep services and hospitals open.”
In 2020, the Castro regime had sent a delegation of slave doctors in Italy to “help” the European nation deal with the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.