Responding to a bill approved by the Turkish authorities to restricts doctors from practising in the country1, Dr John Chisholm, BMA medical ethics committee chair, said:
“We deplore the actions of the Turkish Health Commission, which has approved a bill which will bar thousands of physicians from working in Turkey and interfere with their vocation to help the sick and provide care for those in need.
"Doctors provide an essential service and must be allowed to exercise their right to work.
"The proposed bill is the latest in a long-running assault on the medical profession in Turkey. We have previously written to the Turkish President and Prime Minister, and the UK Foreign Secretary2 to express our grave concerns about interference with doctors’ freedom to practise, medical neutrality and obligation to speak out about public health concerns.
"We urge the Turkish parliament to take the necessary steps to withdraw this bill immediately.
"The British Medical Association is a member of the World Medical Association and strongly supports the WMA’s statement deploring Turkey’s shameful move to prevent doctors from working.”
Notes to editors
The BMA is a trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.
- Find more details on the World Medical Association's website.
- Read both letters and more information about the BMA work on human rights here.