Letters Attacks on medical personnel in Turkey

Call for the Turkish government to respect medical workers’ duty to provide medical care to those in need

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2027 (Published 07 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2027
  1. Vincent Iacopino, senior medical adviser1,
  2. Vivienne Nathanson, director of professional activities2,
  3. Otmar Kloiber, secretary general3,
  4. Julian Sheather, ethics manager2,
  5. Michele Heisler, professor of internal medicine and health behavior and health education4,
  6. DeDe Dunevant, director of communications1,
  7. Eliza Young, publications coordinator1,
  8. Alejandro Moreno, consultant1,
  9. Emily Nee, intern1,
  10. Margaret Mungherera, president3,
  11. Birgit Beger, secretary general5,
  12. Katrín Fjeldsted, president5,
  13. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, president6,
  14. Mark Reiter, president7,
  15. Leonard Rubenstein, senior scholar8,
  16. Adriaan van Es, secretary9,
  17. Peter Hall, chair10,
  18. Meenakshi Menon, executive director11,
  19. Elizabeth Adams, director of professional development12
  1. 1Physicians for Human Rights, New York, NY 10019, USA
  2. 2BMA, London WC1H 9JP, UK
  3. 3World Medical Association (WMA), Ferney-Voltaire, France
  4. 4University of Michigan, MI, USA
  5. 5Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME), Brussels, Belgium
  6. 6German Medical Association (Bundesärztekammer, GMA), Berlin, Germany
  7. 7American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM), Milwaukee, WI, USA
  8. 8Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA
  9. 9International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organizations (IFHHRO), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  10. 10Doctors for Human Rights (DHR), Abbots Langley, UK
  11. 11Global Health through Education, Training and Service (GHETS), Attleboro, MA, USA
  12. 12Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  1. viacopino{at}phrusa.org

The Turkish government has intensified its assault on medical neutrality.1 2 On 2 January 2014, a new health law was passed that criminalises the delivery of unauthorised emergency medical care and requires reporting of confidential patient information to state authorities for all clinical encounters. On 27 January 2014, the Ministry of Health brought a court suit against the governing and …

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