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    The Battle of the “Chinese” Doctor

    The Battle of the “Chinese” Doctor / Reinaldo Escobar
    Posted on March 24, 2014

    In September of 2006 Dr. Jeovany Jiménez, exercising his revolutionary
    optimism, wrote a letter to the minister of Public Health to protest a
    ridiculous salary increase that didn’t correspond to the needs nor the
    expectations of the sector. The response was to disbar him from
    practicing medicine. Jeovany created a blog, and went to the extreme of
    a hunger strike. Incredibly, his right to practice medicine was returned
    to him.

    I’m not sure if I should congratulate Jeovany, who is lovingly called
    “the Chinaman” by his friends. It’s true that in the entire labor
    history of Cuba, never before has there been such a high salary increase
    as will be received by public health workers as of this May. It’s clear
    that on this occasion it’s not about a ridiculous salary increase,
    because the increases in many cases double the original salary, but it’s
    also true that in the best of cases the increase received will be enough
    to buy six pounds of pork and a case of beer. Whether this is a luxury
    remains to be determined, starting from the esteem those professionals
    are held in, and what we think they truly deserve.

    Over five years, Jeovany Jiménez sent a total of 20 letters, never
    responded to, to the Minister of Public Health and managed to collect
    300 signatures in support of his request. Now they will tell him “that
    wasn’t the time” and that now all that remains is to show appreciation.

    24 March 2014

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