Thursday 22 March 2018

Cuba imposes travel permit for doctors to limit 'brain drain'

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The Cuban government has said it is reimposing a travel permit requirement on many doctors.

The move, which is an attempt to counter a brain drain, means some medics will be required to get permission to leave the country.

It is the first major reverse in Cuba's policy of allowing unrestricted travel for its citizens, put in place in 2012 as president Raul Castro allowed new freedoms as part of a broad set of social and economic reforms.

The government announced on the front page of state media on Tuesday that doctors in specialities that have been drained by large-scale emigration in recent years will now be required to get permission from Health Ministry officials in order to leave the country.

Press Association

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