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The Health Ministry has opened an investigation into the Istanbul Chambers of Medicine for organizing a temporary health center at Taksim Gezi Park. DHA photo

The Health Ministry has opened an investigation into the Istanbul Chambers of Medicine for organizing a temporary health center at Taksim Gezi Park. DHA photo

The Health Ministry has opened an investigation into the Istanbul Chambers of Medicine for organizing a temporary health center at Gezi Park, but the Turkish Doctors’ Union (TTB) has said that helping wounded people is a humanitarian duty.

The Health Ministry’s Inspection Services Department’s chief inspector İzzet Taşçı had sent a notice to the Istanbul Chambers of Medicine asking six main questions.

The ministry asked the Istanbul Chambers of Medicine why they did not ask for permission from the ministry before organizing a temporary health care center at Gezi Park.

“What were your reasons for organizing additional health teams when the ministry’s ambulances and medical teams were already at Taksim Square as part of the ongoing incidents there?” the ministry asked the Istanbul Chambers of Medicine.

The ministry also demanded the names, duties, titles and responsibilities of the personnel who worked at the Istanbul Chambers of Medicine’s health center in Taksim Gezi Park. It also asked about the kind of medical records that the voluntary health teams had and what their legal grounds for this was. The ministry asked whether any surgery operations were carried out by these voluntary health teams and whether they had any records of these.

The ministry also asked how many patients were treated at these voluntary health centers and if any records were taken; if so, it requested the names of the patients treated there and whether these records had been shared with the ministry.

Meanwhile, the TTB and Istanbul Chambers of Medicine protested the investigation in a statement read at Gezi Park on June 14, Doğan News Agency reported.

TTB head Prof. Özdemir Aktan said the ministry was trying to accuse the health workers of performing their duty. “The ministry is trying to accuse us by asking why we didn’t take permission. However, we have sworn to commit this illegal act,” said Aktan, referring to the Hippocratic Oath.

Istanbul Chambers of Medicine head Prof. Taner Gören rhetorically asked whether permission should be sought from the ministry before treating someone who was having a heart attack right there.

“We doctors do not ask permission from anyone. We have to respond to any health problem immediately,” he said.

On June 13, TTB had also said in a statement that helping wounded people was a "humanitarian responsibility."


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mara mcglothin

6/16/2013 7:06:17 AM

DAVE I feel your pain. I love Turkey and it is a place I dearly love to visit, BUT...well you know the rest. Oddly enough it was my Turkish husband that decided, after playing on the national team and surviving his college years, that he didnt' want to live full time in Turkey. I knew the weekend was going to be tough and tomorrow will be another day. Hopefully things will improve, but I am not optimistic. Stay safe.

Simon Gallant

6/15/2013 9:22:34 PM

Lawyers being prosecuted for demanding the right to a fair trial. Now doctors investigated for caring for patients. The world is watching, Erdogan

Brit in Turkey

6/15/2013 5:01:37 PM

After the doctors are jailed what other professions are left? Accountants, bankers, members of parliament (that would be a good one as the PM knows what it was like)? In times like these being a street cleaner might be the safest job.

Michael Johnson

6/15/2013 12:02:31 PM

Hopefully, they will tell the ministry to go jump in a lake.

Dave Chapman

6/15/2013 1:30:48 AM

..some contributors on here (we know who) have this bitterness towards the 'west', a utopia/dystopia thing. Constant comparisons, they do this so...they said that so...We know nowhere is perfect, but Turkey sure 'aint! I'll bet 90% have never left these shores and yet are so certain of their convictions of the state of other nations. Why don't they see our comments are not hate?! To whom it may concern...stop looking out and think of your own!!! There clearly are flaws. Man, this is depressing.

Dave Chapman

6/15/2013 1:18:45 AM

Mara, that obvious eh?! In England I, like many interested others liked to grumble about the politicians, Apparently we had nothing to grumble about really! This is supposed to be home now, my Turkish wife and I were planning a life here. I've gone from curious (what's the scene?) to surprised to shocked and now sickened. This in the space of less than a year. These guys know no limits. Push comes to shove, we can go back. Yes, the wonderful people, what of them? .......

young genius

6/15/2013 1:00:41 AM

@Deniz Kan Exactly! They're doing what others couldn't do in their 10 year reign, they're demise.

Deniz Kan

6/14/2013 10:37:50 PM

we are watching a step by step tutorial on how to be your own worst enemy played out in front of us the past 2 weeks...AKP is doing a better job of ruining its image than any opposition party has ever come close. BRAVO!!

Geir Fugleberg

6/14/2013 8:43:29 PM

I am curious about who will respond to the "is there a doctor onboard" on a THY flight next time I hear it.Mr E and his backstreet gang is truly trying to make this country the DEFINIT Republic of fear. Many People have remarked that HE would feel embarrased etc. when seing what international media write abouth Turkey. Fear not this,this man is incapable of decency. Prosecuting doctors for helping people must certainly be a new low,I Wonder whats NEXT!!!

mara mcglothin

6/14/2013 8:22:17 PM

DAVE You obviously haven't been in Turkey very long, but let me enlighten you that rarely are things the way that they seem. Very sad really when you consider the wonderful people and the incredible country. AND we still have the weekend display to suffer.
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