Doctors went on strike on March 14 this year, which is celebrated every year as Medicine Day in Turkey. Professional organization; They will be on strike today and tomorrow to talk about their problems against health violence, low wages and heavy workload.
The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) said in a statement that “the health of society is deteriorating day by day, and access to health is becoming more difficult. Although the health system is not sustainable, we must work under the threat of violence.” “We are at a time when our labor has become the most worthless,” he said.
During the TTB’s two-day strike; The care of emergency patients, dialysis patients, emergency pregnant women, intensive care patients and cancer patients will not be disrupted.
The Turkish Dentists Association, Health and Social Services Workers Union, Dev Saglik-IS, All Radiology Technicians and Technicians Association, Union and Solidarity Union and General Saglik-ISO are participating in the strike.
The Federation of Family Physicians Association has announced that it will be on strike from March 14-16. It is said that Ahesen, Hekimsen, BDS, Physician Union, Genel Sağlık İş, Tabip-Sen, Hürriyet-Sen and other NGOs will also participate in the decision to suspend the three-day job.
‘To stay in this countryz ‘
Walking from Haiderpasa Numune Training and Research Hospital to Pier Square in Kadiko, health workers carried banners saying “We are not going anywhere. We were here, we are here, we will be here” and “We will stop violence in health”.
TTB Central Council President. In his speech, Şebnem Korur Fincancı said they have been trying to get their voices heard for months.
Istanbul Medical Chamber (ITO) Secretary General. Osman Kukosmanoglu read out the joint statement on behalf of the participants:
“We will live in this country, as we were yesterday, today, to be the strength of the weak, to heal the helpless, to fight death and disease, and to distribute health and healing. We will not give up. We, our country, our profession To claim, “he said.
Husnu Yildirim, co-chair of the Health Workers Union (SES), said: “We are on the ground because we are demanding a humanitarian wage so that health workers have a right to life. We are on the ground because there is no effective law to end violence. It wants to be a professional disease, and we want a part of the devaluation. We’re on the field. It’s not the health workers who have been fighting for years in this country, but what they will do. Leave … “
It was not possible to hold the traditional ceremony
Traditionally, the ceremony of wreaths in the Taksim monument organized on the occasion of the Medicine Day on March 14, stopped the police.
Police said some people may have performed the ceremony as delegates without explanation by laying wreaths at the memorial. However, he said it would not be allowed in the next minute.
89 year old op. Dr. On this day Koksal fell to the ground.
Wreaths were laid in front of the police barricade.
Dr. “Today is March 14. This is the 102nd anniversary of Medicine Day, which was started on March 14, 1919 by medicine students to organize resistance against the occupying forces,” said Kukosmanoglu. He made a statement and laid a wreath at the memorial, ”he said.
He went on to say, “However, we were told, ‘It’s okay to lay a wreath, but you can’t talk.’
Minister Kokar’s letter to the health workers
Regarding the doctors, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “Let them go when they leave.”
On the other hand, Health Minister Fahretin Koka sent a letter to the health workers of 39 professional groups saying, “Today, many, from our teachers to medical students, express that medicine has lost its dignity,” and said that this is the situation. Temporary.
“Our main goals are an economically equitable system, eliminating malpractice cases as a threat to physicians, a highly preventive legal framework against escalating violence, and enabling members of the judiciary to have similar rights in retiring physicians. Do your best, “said Koka. Doctor’s Day is celebrated.
In Turkey, in addition to health violence, low wages and hard working conditions, unfair treatment, in other words, compensation lawsuits are filed against doctors who practice medical malpractice and are found to have problems with unpaid salaries. Physicians want. Rearrange
Erdogan: I thank you for your service
Speaking on the occasion of Medicine Day at the Bestap People’s Congress and Culture Center today, President Erdoানan said, “There may be some people who have eyes and hearts outside the healthcare system instead of staying in their own country. I have no doubt. They will return to their homeland in the very near future. “
“Our first piece of good news is about regulations that will address issues related to assaults on healthcare workers. The second good news is that we are forming a professional committee for healthcare workers. It will depend on the permission of the board, “Erdogan said.
“Our third piece of good news is about the payroll system for our healthcare workers. We are making significant improvements in their salaries and financial rights. The additional payments for healthcare workers will be included in the central government’s budget and their salaries will be paid in unison.”
Erdogan added: “This country owes both loyalty and need to doctors. The nation’s most outstanding boys are educated in medical faculties, training and research hospitals, and mostly work in the government sector.”
“Enough to train the potential medical power of Turkey, and our country is also becoming a center of attraction. During the epidemic, we have proved that we are in a position to serve our people to the best of our ability with our hospitals and physicians.”