Leading medical association finds penalties suggested in gov’t bill insufficient to deter violence

Duvar English

The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) has demanded harsher penalties than were suggested in a recently prepared bill by the government to deter violence against health care staff.

On April 8, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its ally Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) submitted a bill to the parliament speaker’s office concerning the prosecution of attackers targeting medical staff. The AKP-MHP bloc’s move came just a day after they voted down a motion of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) calling for a parliamentary discussion regarding the issue.

The AKP-MHP alliance’s bill proposes a series amendments to the 12th Article of the Turkish Health Services Fundamental Law No. 3359. It says that judges will not be able to suspend sentences imposed on perpetrators of attacks against medical staff or defer the announcement of the verdicts. The TTB said on April 9 that it supports such a move as these rulings cause workplace demotivation and low morale in the health sector.

The
bill also seeks to increase the current penalties for attacks on
medical staff by 50 percent. The TTB said that although it finds the
bill as an “important step to deter violence” against health care
staff, the increase in penalties should be 100 percent.

After submitting the bill, AKP group deputy chairman Bülent Turan addressed the reporters in the parliament on April 8, saying: “With this law proposal, without making a distinction between [medical staff working in] private or public sector, execution of sentences will not suspended for crimes such as threatening, defamation, injury or hindering healthcare staff from doing their duties. These people will directly face jail. And penalties are being increased by 50 percent.”

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The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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