Overall employment in Cuba's healthcare sector has declined by 14 percent, according to a government report.

The reduction occurred primarily in non-professional jobs in healthcare, the report said.

The National Statistics Office, which issued the report, says overall employment in the sector fell in 2010 to about 282,000 from 330,000 the previous year.

The biggest change is a 34 percent drop in "technical and auxiliary" workers, down from 134,000 to 88,000.

The report does not give an explanation. But last year, articles in state-run media said it would be necessary to slash inflated payrolls in health care, especially among nonprofessional workers.

Tuesday's report said the number of doctors rose slightly while the ranks of nurses thinned by a similarly slim margin.

This is based on a story by The Associated Press.

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