Concerns over draft bill banning thousands of Turkish doctors from working


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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Organisations representing doctors have strongly condemned a move by Turkish authorities, which could restrict the freedom of thousands of Turkish physicians to practise medicine.

The concerns centre on the approval of a draft bill by authorities, which the World Medical Association (WMA) and Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) say if approved, would mean thousands of doctors dismissed from public service during Turkey’s state of emergency could be restricted from practising medicine at hospitals linked through contract with the Social Security Agency. Furthermore, they say, 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.

In a letter to the President of the Grand Assembly, Dr Ardis Hoven, Chair of the WMA Council said it considered the proposal both ‘dangerous and irresponsible’. “We deplore any practices threatening the medical profession and the provision of healthcare services,” Dr Hoven said. 

These concerns were echoed by the Standing Committee of Europe Doctors (CPME) President Dr Jacques de Haller who urged the President of the Grand National Assembly "to take all the necessary steps so that this new law is withdrawn”.