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New Turkish law forbids medical treatment of injured protesters without state permission

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 07 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g82
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Turkey’s parliament has passed a bill that international medical and human rights organisations have warned will expose doctors to prosecution if they provide first aid in emergency situations without state authorisation.

Under the bill, medical professionals who provide independent assistance once official health services are on the scene could face up to three years’ imprisonment or a fine of two million Turkish lira (£560 000; €675 000; $920 000).

Critics of the bill are now urging the Turkish president, Abdullah Gul, not to sign it into law later this month.

The bill, which is part of a larger package of health bills, was passed by parliament on 2 January. Some see …

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