Cuba shuts over 450 clinics
Submitted by admin4 on 11 October 2012 – 3:00pm
Havana : The Cuban public health system closed 465 medical centers
during 2011 and laid off the personnel who worked there, a move made
in keeping with the government's ongoing "readjustment" to reduce
costs and more efficiently utilize resources.
According to the most recent figures published by the National
Statistics and Information Office, there were 13,203 health care
centers in the country in 2010 and 12,738 in 2011.
The cuts made by Cuba's Communist government to state payrolls have
affected the health care system, where all of the services are free to
the public, but also education, both of which are considered to be
among the revolution's greatest achievements.
The health care system registered a shortage of personnel in certain
areas but an excess in others, according to studies published in the
The total number of personnel in the sector in 2010 was 282,248, but
after the payroll adjustment in 2011 there were 265,617, a 5.9 percent
The number of doctors assigned to community health care facilities was
drastically reduced from 36,478 to 13,367, a 63.4 percent cut.
The government laid off 780 pharmacists and 6,590 nurses and their
auxiliaries, along with 11,718 medical techs in assorted fields,
according to the report.
However, the overall number of physicians rose from 76,506 to 78,622.
Cuba eliminated 140,000 state jobs in 2011 and plans to lay off
another 110,000 state workers this year, when it expects to reach the
halfway point in the labour readjustment being undertaken on the
The progressive elimination of 500,000 state jobs through 2015 is one
of the main elements of the economic reform plan launched by the
government of Raul Castro along with the expansion of private