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Nicaragua: Over 300 Doctors Fired

In the last two weeks the dismissals of health personnel have continued, most notably in Managua’s Lenin Fonseca Hospital, denounced the Nicaraguan Medical Association (AMN) on Friday.

According to the organization, the total number of doctors fired from hospitals and public health centers is at least 300, stated Carlos Duarte, secretary of the Association’s Board of Directors. The dismissals are attributed to political reasons [for healing wounded protestors or participating in or supporting the anti-government demonstrations].

“The persecution has increased. The Lenin Fonseca Hospital is being left without personnel to attend patients, and they’re continuing to fire people,” Duarte lamented. He affirmed that one of the latest cases of unjustified dismissals in that hospital was that of Dr. Gustavo Morales, specialist in internal medicine.

The doctor was notified last week that his job contract had been terminated, supposedly for abandoning his post during working hours, Duarte continued, adding that there’s still great fear among the doctors’ associations to denounce the irregularities, due to the government repression.

UN Human Rights Commission report speaks of fired health personnel

The report presented this past week by the mission from the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights regarding the crisis in Nicaragua indicates that many doctors were “arbitrarily dismissed” for “carrying out their labors.”

“With access to public employment strictly controlled by the government, there’s a generalized fear of free expression in the public institutions,” states the document.

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