Image of Cuban doctors posted abroad in Wall Street Journal article entitled: "Cuba's slave trade in doctors"

State approves bill “recognising medical training abroad” in order to hire foreign doctors

The Portuguese government has today approved a decree-law providing for an exceptional and temporary regime recognising foreign academic degrees in medicine for the purpose of hiring doctors for the National Health Service (SNS). It is a decision that has been deeply criticised by doctors’ syndicates, which argue standards are not always the same – particularly in the Latin American countries from which the government is currently recruiting.