HAVANA – Layoffs scheduled by the government of Raul Castro in the state payroll will affect the health sector, one of the pillars of the Cuban Revolution, but officials say physicians have nothing to worry about.
“Never will a doctor be made redundant, neither a stomach expert nor a technician,” Health Minister Roberto Morales said in comments cited Thursday by Communist Party daily Granma.
“Those who remain available ... (on) the necessary payroll will have the possibility to work at other centers within or outside the country through medical collaboration,” Morales said Wednesday at the 10th Congress of the Health Workers Union in Havana.
Morales said that the health payrolls must be tailored “to fit like a suit” at each facility, following the government policy to eliminate 500,000 state employees over the coming six months.
The 350 delegates from all over the country who are attending the congress have been discussing “the essential transformations” that are being made in the sector, including the “reorganization, regionalization and compression of the health services.”
The agenda for the meeting includes the analysis of the “labor reordering” as a way to avoid “waste of human resources,” as well as how to best ensure economic efficiency and service quality, Granma said.
In addition, a more rational use of resources and greater application of the clinical method was proposed.
According to official figures, the health care union currently has more than 500,000 members, and some 37,000 workers are providing medical services in 69 countries. EFE