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BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 11 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7424

Turkey is asked to scrap law that would criminalise medical emergency aid: The United Nations and the World Medical Association have urged the Turkish parliament to reconsider a draft law that would make it a criminal offence for independent doctors, nurses, and paramedics to treat people during emergency situations after a state ambulance has arrived on the scene. “If adopted, Article 33 will have a chilling effect on the availability and accessibility of emergency medical care in a country prone to natural disasters and a democracy that is not immune from demonstrations,” said the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to health, …

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