Letters Attacks on medical personnel in Turkey

We must unite against health law that threatens medical neutrality in Turkey

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7472 (Published 16 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7472
  1. Vincent Iacopino, senior medical adviser1
  2. On behalf of Vivienne Nathanson, director of professional activities (2); Otmar Kloiber, secretary general (3); Julian Sheather, ethics manager (2); Michele Heisler, professor of internal medicine and health behavior and health education (4); DeDe Dunevant, director of communications (1); Eliza Young, publications coordinator (1); Alejandro Moreno, consultant (1); Emily Nee, intern (1); Mukesh Haikerwal, chair (3); Margaret Mungherera, president (3); Birgit Beger, secretary general (5); Katrín Fjeldsted, president (5); Frank Ulrich Montgomery, president (6). (1)Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), New York, NY, USA; (2) BMA, London, UK; (3) World Medical Association (WMA), Ferney-Voltaire, France; (4) University of Michigan, MI, USA; (5) Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME), Brussels, Belgium; (6) German Medical Association (Bundesärztekammer, GMA), Berlin, Germany
  1. 1Physicians for Human Rights, New York, NY 10019, USA
  1. viacopino{at}phrusa.org

Our fears of an assault on medical neutrality by the Turkish government have been realised. The article of the draft health law referred to in our BMJ editorial would criminalise the delivery of emergency medical care to everyone in need, not only demonstrators.1 The mere presence of ambulances would be considered grounds to prevent emergency medical care by competent independent …

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