Lawsuit filed against Turkish Medical Association by the Ministry of Health

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The Ministry of Health has filed a lawsuit against Turkish Medical Association (TMA) in 7th Civil Court of First Instance for the statement they made about Olive Branch Operation conducted by Turkish Armed Forces.

Turkish Medical Association is a professional organization having the characteristics of a public body established in order to strengthen occupational deontology among physicians, protect rights and interests of the members of this profession.   

The additional article 2 of law on Turkish Medical Association no. 6023 prohibits the Association from operating outside the objectives of the Association. In this article, there is a provision stipulating that in case of breach of the above-mentioned prohibition it is necessary to file a lawsuit to relieve the responsible bodies of their duties upon request of the Ministry of Health or the relevant Office of Chief Public Prosecutor.

The Ministry of Health has filed a lawsuit against Turkish Medical Association in 7th Civil Court of First ınstance in order to relieve Central Council of Turkish Medical Association of its duties as per the relevant article of the law on Turkish Medical Association.

We do not accept the fact that TMA managers remain silent to soldiers being martyred in posts raided by PKK, carnages caused by suicide bombers but be disturbed by a legitimate operation conducted for such rightful justifications with such sensitivity by Turkish Armed Forces.

As is known, on 24.01.2018 Central Council of Turkish Medical Association made a press statement and voiced criticism with regard to the Operation. In this statement, there were expressions that are not in line with our national values and the Operation was labelled a public health problem.

The Ministry of Health also made a statement and condemned this attitude of TMA. 

Updated: 06/02/2018