Provincial health authority seals off field hospital built by Turkey’s main opposition CHP municipality

Duvar English

The provincial health authorities in the southern province of Adana have sealed a field hospital constructed by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) off over “not being sanitary.”

Adana Mayor Zeydan Karalar and the municipality turned a fairground to a field hospital with 1,000 beds in order to be used in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Adana Provincial Health Directorate said that the hospital is not appropriate for medical services, adding that a license application was not filed by the municipality before its construction.

“It was examined whether a license application was submitted to our directorate regarding turning the fairground into a hospital and it was determined that no application was made,” the directorate said in its reasoning, following inspections by its teams on April 18.

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CHP lawmakers Ayhan Barut, Müzeyyen Şevkin and Orhan Sümer were also present during the inspections.

The rift over the hospital has been ongoing for a week, with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials saying that the place is lacking the necessities of a hospital.

CHP, in return, has been saying that it’s only a field hospital to be used temporarily and should not be compared to a regular hospital.

The sealing off of the hospital is the latest incident in the government’s policies against CHP municipalities since the beginning of the pandemic, with the main opposition saying that the AKP is constantly hindering their efforts to aid the people.

The Interior Ministry previously banned CHP municipalities from holding donation campaigns against coronavirus.

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About CHP EU Representation

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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