Obama is considering an end to the ‘poaching’ of Cuban doctors, Reuters says

The U.S. government “is considering putting an end to a program that encourages Cuban doctors and nurses on overseas assignments to defect,” the Reuters news agency reported Friday (Jan. 8), citing “a senior aide to President Barack Obama […] in a gesture emblematic of improving U.S.-Cuban relations.”

The program, called The Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, was started in 2006, during the George W. Bush administration, to create a “brain drain” in Cuba’s health care system. It is administered by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

The program has been placed under review, now that Washington and Havana are negotiating the reestablishment of diplomatic and other relations, according to Ben Rhodes, a national security advisor to Obama.

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