The anti-corruption president has set some stringent targets for the health system—critics worry that these are brash and could be damaging to the system. David Agren reports.
When he was asked to drastically cut his operating schedule in February, paediatric oncology surgeon Pablo Lezama knew something was amiss. It wasn’t long until nurses became suddenly unavailable for evening and night shifts, forcing a 30% cut in surgical procedures. In May, budget cuts and a lack of anaesthesiologists would reduce his schedule by another 50%—Lezama, head of oncological surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Mexico Federico Gómez, could no longer hold back.
His Facebook post, outlining his situation, went viral—it was shared 25000 times.
“Children with cancer is a very sensitive point for everyone”, Lezama said when asked to explain his viral post. “It was not attacking anybody. It was not against the new regime [in government] or in favour of the past one. It was just descriptive: we are having this trouble, we need things to be normalised.”