Security & Strategic Review - September 2022

VENEZUELA: Blaming doctors for the healthcare crisis

Venezuela’s crumbling healthcare system has been hit by successive waves of crises since 2017. As the economy cratered, shortages of essential medicines, intermittent electricity and water supplies, and the widespread emigration of healthcare staff prompted fears of a total collapse during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Instead, the system limped on, although there is a notable lack of data on coronavirus deaths and infections. With the pandemic having receded from the front pages, President Nicolás Maduro has announced a volunteer-led scheme to repair the country’s dilapidated hospitals. He has also found a new scapegoat for the health system’s failings, increasingly blaming doctors for the crisis.

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