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Peru has shortage of doctors, says head of country’s medical association

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Peru is currently facing a significant deficit in the amount of doctors, according to Dr. Herbert Cubas, president of the Peruvian Medical Association.

In an interview with local radio RPP, Cubas said the country currently needs 80,000 doctors, but only has 45,000.

Furthermore, he said, there is a shortage of about 10,000 medical specialists.

Cubas said the country was also facing several critical issues, such as wage disputes, infrastructure, and medical equipment, among others.

The head of the country’s medical association added that the previous government had built over 20 hospitals, but had not managed to budget enough money for the buildings’ maintenance, or doctors’ salaries.

“There is enormous infrastructure, but they are white elephants,” Cubas said.

Cubas’ statements come almost a month after a group of public-sector employees went on an indefinite strike, over wage disputes.

>Last week > EsSalud authorities gave doctors an ultimatum, and threatened to lay them off if they did not end their strike.

>On Wednesday hundreds of >doctors from the Ministry of Health marched to Congress to demand higher wages and an increase to the ministry’s budget, and threatened to join EsSalud doctors’ strike if their demands were not met.

Peru is currently facing a significant deficit in the amount of doctors, according to Dr. Herbert Cubas, president of the Peruvian Medical Association.

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