Those doctors were among the most successful, most experienced, most dedicated doctors in Turkey until they were stigmatized and dismissed from their posts by the Turkish government. It was not only their own lives and professions that were upside down but also of their families. These doctors are still hopeful and rebuilding a new live and professional world in their resettlements.
The Ministry of Health has announced that more than 7,500 health care professionals including many physicians have been dismissed within the scope of a mass purge of government employees from their jobs. The purge has resulted in devastating consequences for dismissed physicians as they face hardship in finding a new position after being demonized by the government and their names plastered all over the media. Amnesty International called the mass dismissal of Turkish public sector workers a “professional annihilation” that has a catastrophic impact on their lives and livelihoods.
However, research carried out by the Stockholm
Center for Freedom (SCF) shows that over 21,000 health care professionals
including doctors, medical professors, nurses, technicians and hospital staff have
thus far been dismissed from public and private hospitals as well as medical schools and associations.
Doctor Umut’s story shed light on the devastating consequences of those political purges by Erdogan’s regime.
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