Turkish private doctors protest against gov't regulation

11:20, June 27, 2011      

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Some 1,000 private doctors staged a protest here against Turkish government's regulation for restricting their business on Sunday.

Blowing whistle and waving banners, doctors, academics and practitioners marched along the freedom street and then gathered in Taksim square, the city center of Istanbul.

Private doctors holding slogans read "Do I have to work with the owner of hospitals?", "Unhappy doctors, Unhappy patient," and "Doctors refuse to close their private offices and became slaves of the Ministry" protested against the new measures of the Ministry of Health.

The ministry set a time of one year in the regulation, which stipulates the standards for business of private doctors, including rules for width of examination room, lift and toilet doors.

Private doctors have to close their business if they fail to meet the requirement set in the regulation by Aug. 4.

The protest was organized by Istanbul Chamber of Medicine, which vowed to take further action if the government does not respond to their demands.

Source: Xinhua
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