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Child with fever denied treatment as father under arrest over Gülen links

A three-year-old child with high fever has been denied treatment at a hospital since his father was arrested over alleged links to the Gülen movement, leading to a suspension of the child’s eligibility to access the nationwide social security system.

In a speech during budget talks in Parliament, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul deputy Mehmet Bekaroğlu said: “A three-year-old child with a temperature of 40°C goes to a hospital and is denied treatment, being told, ‘Your father was arrested over FETÖ [links] and you are done with the SGK [Social Security Institution]’.”