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Hospital violence in Turkey


14 March 2019:

60,000 Turkish medical personnel subjected to violence in last 5 years: Report

Some 60,000 Turkish medical personnel have been subjected to violence in the last five years, according to a report based on complaints medics made on an emergency hotline.

“According to data provided by the Health Ministry, on average 33 violence cases against medical personnel happen in one day.

Those working in healthcare fields are being subjected to violence 16 times more than those working in other fields,” the report, prepared by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Tekin Bingöl for March 14 Doctor’s Day, said. Read the full article

18 February 2019:

Junior doctors opt out of surgical fields in Turkey

Doctors in Turkey are refraining from specializing in medical fields that require them to perform surgeries amid a rise in violence against medical personnel, intense work shifts, lawsuits launched against doctors and unsatisfactory paychecks.

Medical school graduates are leaning towards fields where there will be minimal interaction with patients and their relatives, given the increase in violence against medical staff, especially in emergency services, in Turkey.

Radiation oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and nuclear medicine are on top of the list for junior doctors. Read the full article

5 December 2018:

Turkish doctors say hospital violence out of control

From early October through the end of November, Al-Monitor conducted phone interviews with over 100 health care employees from three cities (Izmir, Istanbul and Ankara) in Turkey. All medical staff (doctors, dentists, hospital administrators, nurses, pharmacists and interns) told Al-Monitor they believe the actual numbers are much higher than those reported.

All of those interviewed have experienced verbal abuse, and 65% of them said the verbal abuse (insults, threats, offensive language) happens on a daily basis. They all concurred that since the 2016 coup attempt, incidents of handguns being brandished at emergency rooms and surgeries have increased. The problem is not a recent one in Turkey, but it has been gradually becoming worse. From 2012 to 2017, violence toward medical staffhas increased 168%. Read the full article

14 November 2018:

Turkey to Kurdish doctors: 'You have no place here.

In Diyarbakır, the largest city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, some 150 doctors and 350 healthcare workers have recently been dismissed from their positions by presidential decree. Similarly, many medical school graduates have been denied positions for “security reasons.”

Healthcare is just the latest industry to be targeted by Ankara's purges following the July 2016 coup attempt. Critics say a recently passed healthcare law will make doctors even more vulnerable to dismissal, fail to protect healthcare workers from violence, further privatize the healthcare system, and force medical school graduates to pass a security test before accepting work in a public hospital. Read the full article