Istanbul Medical Chamber said on Sept. 25 that a healthcare worker who warned a patient's relative to put his mask on was beaten. Prof. Dr. Tufan Tükek, dean of Istanbul University’s Çapa Medical Faculty, said that the health worker named Rıfat Babayiğit might suffer a permanent vision loss due to the attack.
The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) has announced that its 72nd Great Congress will no longer be held at CerModern, but instead at Bilkent Hotel. The change came after CerModern notified the TTB that it could not meet the COVID-19-related safety guidelines designated by the Ankara Governor's Office.
A group of health workers in Ankara had to barricade the door of an emergency room when loved ones of a patient wanted to push their way in to see the deceased gunshot victim. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that the workers had been afraid of a violent attack, as health workers in Turkey are often targeted by patients' families.
The Adana provincial branch of Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has targeted Prof. Dr. Mehmet Özalevli, a member of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB), over his criticism of MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli, who last week called for the TTB's closure. Özalevli said that if something happened to him or his beloved ones, executives of the MHP Adana branch would be the ones who are responsible.
Some 40 medical chambers affiliated with the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) have released a joint statement reiterating their support for the organization. “We are fortunate to have our professional organization that prioritizes and defends the right of public health, and does not compromise when it comes to scientific and free thinking," the chambers said, following MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli's call for the TTB's closure.
The COVID-19 pandemic has surged to the same intensity as the first two weeks of the outbreak, Turkish Medical Association (TTB) Chair Sinan Adıyaman said. Meanwhile, chaos could erupt in the winter months as the national health budget becomes strained to the point of bankruptcy, the former chairman of Ankara Medical Association said.
Erdoğan ally calls for closure of top medial association for protesting increasing COVID-19 infections
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has called for the closure of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) after the organization has this week launched a series of protest events, accusing the government of mismanaging the COVID-19 pandemic. In the face of Bahçeli's remarks, messages of support poured in from Twitter users for the TTB, with the hashtag campaign of "#İyikiTTBvar" (which translates as "So glad we have TTB") going viral.
The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) has announced that it will hold various demonstrations throughout this week to protest the government's COVID-19 "normalization plan" amid the increasing number of infections. The TTB said that healthcare staff are “exhausted” and the government is unable to “manage” the pandemic.
Turkish Medical Association (TTB) Chairman Sinan Adıyaman said that the COVID-19 pandemic was out of control in Turkey, and urged restrictions to social mobility. The chairman said that the capital has had more than 2,000 daily diagnoses for a long time now.
Top doctors voice concern over credibility of official COVID-19 data during meeting with Health Minister
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Sept. 3 met with members of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) for the first time in months. TTB members told the minister that the official statistics on COVID-19 infections and deaths did not match with the data that is reported by doctors on the field.
Turkey’s top medical association calls for meeting with Health Minister after 32 doctors succumb to COVID-19
As the number of doctors who lost their lives due to the COVID-19 has reached 32, Turkish Medical Association (TTB) Chairman Sinan Adıyaman has demanded a meeting with Health Minister Fahrettin Koca. "We would like to hold a face-to-face meeting with you to discuss implementations that would prevent and curb the deaths and infections in question. We are of the opinion that this information exchange is our historical responsibility on both sides,” Adıyaman said in his letter on Aug. 27.
Turkey's appliances giant Vestel reportedly prevented workers from seeking help at the hospital, even though they presented with symptoms. A report by the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) revealed major lapses in COVID-19 precautions in the company's western Manisa factory.
It appears that Turkey will face mounting problems with regards to the management of the pandemic in the coming weeks. As the government seeks control the pandemic, to be able to boast about its success story, the reality is that its ever-increasing oppression and lack of transparency do not help.
The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) has said that number of daily coronavirus infections in Ankara alone amount to approximately 1,000, thereby disputing the official figures which put the daily nationwide tally at around this level. The TTB's statement came as Ankara provincial directorate of health on Aug. 4 ordered all hospitals in the city to allocate at least half of their beds for the use of COVID-19 patients.
The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) Chairman Sinan Adıyaman has criticized the Health Ministry for removing the number of intensive care unit and intubated patients from the daily COVID-19 data it shares every night. Adıyaman said that the ministry's move leads to suspicions that the coronavirus epidemic is getting worse in the country.