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

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The country’s devastating economic downturn is ravaging its hospitals, where acute shortages threaten to reverse decades of progress

Doctor María Gonzales cannot recall the exact moment when she realised Venezuela’s health crisis had enveloped her hospital, the Luís Razetti in the Caribbean coastal city of Barcelona.

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Some patients have been waiting for six months to have bones reset because there are no rods, pins and plates

The insecurity in the hospital is worse than outside ... Gangs have entered during surgery and started shooting

In other countries, we would be shut down. But in Venezuela, we are the best

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