How Brazil filled 20,000 doctor vacancies in three days

It's pretty easy when your new President is the 'Trump of the Tropics'

In an employment drive to make Australian rural recruiters weep with envy, the Brazilian health ministry claims to have filled almost 20,000 vacant doctor roles in just three days, after the departure of Cuban doctors.

Apparently 84% of the vacancies, mainly in poor, rural and remote regions, have already been filled, after Cuban doctors started leaving Brazil last week.

Millions of Brazilians were left without medical care, after the Cuban Government withdrew thousands of its doctors following a diplomatic spat with incoming President Jair Bolsonaro.

The president-elect had criticised a medical program run by Cuba as “slave labour”, claiming Havana took 75% of the doctors’ salaries.

This prompted Cuba's government to sever a co-operation agreement.

In a press release issued last week, Brazil's health ministry said it had managed in three days to procure 19,994 Brazilian doctors to take the