WMA condemns ‘shameful’ move to ban doctors from working
The World Medical Association has condemned as ‘shameful’ a new move by the Turkish authorities to restrict the freedom of Turkish physicians to practice medicine.
Under a new law approved yesterday by Turkey’s Health Commission, thousands of physicians will be barred from working in either the public sector or in private hospitals operating through contract with the Social Security Agency, effectively putting them out of work.
Dr. Ardis Hoven, Chair of WMA Council, said the WMA strongly supported the claim from the Turkish Medical Association that this was ‘nothing less than a blatant assault on the profession of medicine, not only in Turkey but throughout the world’.
The Bill bars thousands of doctors, who were dismissed from public service during Turkey’s State of Emergency, from practicing medicine, some from all practice for a period of 600 days, others from most private hospitals. In addition, medical reports prepared by these physicians will have no validity before judicial and administrative bodies.
The Bill will now be discussed by the Parliament’s Grand Assembly for final approval.