‘Like doctors in a war’: inside Venezuela’s healthcare crisis

The Guardian, 19 October 2016
Author: Jonathan Watts
“The country’s devastating economic downturn is ravaging its hospitals, where acute shortages threaten to reverse decades of progress. Despite its immense oil wealth, the country is in the midst of devastating economic, social and health crises. It has the world’s steepest economic decline, the second highest murder rate and the sharpest-rising inflation. These problems all converge in the nation’s hospitals, where doctors report rising levels of mortality thanks to a dire shortage of medical supplies, shutdowns of operating theatres, staff declines and violent crime, including gunshots during surgery and mugging in corridors.”
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