Left-wing president shows what can happen with political will to do what’s right for ordinary people
New Brazilian president Lula da Silva is reversing the cuts to Brazil’s health programme imposed by right-wing former president Jair Bolsonaro.
Da Silva, who won the presidential election at the end of October despite extensive right-wing attempts to rig votes and intimidate voters – the third time he has won the presidency – will restart his ‘More Doctors’ programme to give all Brazilians access to a doctor. The scheme had been cancelled by Bolsonaro, whose disregard, at best, for the health of remote and indigenous communities has been well-documented.
Nesio Fernandes, Secretary of Primary Health Care of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, confirmed that:
We want to place doctors in all Brazilian municipalities in a short period of time.
Lula’s decisive intervention for the health of Brazilian communities puts to shame the UK Labour party’s attitude to health and Tory cuts. Keir Starmer and his health spokesman Wes Streeting – who have both accepted large donations from private health interests – are offering as their supposed solution to an NHS in collapse, after thirteen years of Tory cuts, fragmentation and privatisation, only further privatisation with no additional funding.
Lula’s immediate overturning of right-wing health cuts shows what UK people have been robbed of in a political system where the only choice on offer is the rosette colour of the right-wingers who govern.
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