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Turkey: Doctors to obtain govt permission before giving emergency first aid

Turkey is sliding one stupid legislation at a time in to a totalitarian state. It’s crazy what the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Abdullah Gül is doing.

A report by RT says that:

A medical bill has been signed into law in Turkey that requires doctors to obtain government permission before administering emergency first aid. Critics have blasted the bill as a crackdown on doctors who treat activists injured during protests.

The bill, which was drawn up by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), punishes health care professionals with up to three years in prison or a fine of almost $1 million if they administer emergency first aid without government authorization.

It also bans doctors from practicing outside state medical institutions and aims to stop them from opening private clinics.

If that is not madness, I don’t know what else will qualify. And to think that Turkey is a member of the Council of Europe, the G-20 major economies, and is negotiating full membership with the European Union. The complete report is available here.

Protesters iin Turkey's Taksim Square

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