Turkish Doctors Stage Nationwide Strike in Protest at Killing

Turkish doctors are going on a nationwide strike today to protest against violence after the killing of a surgeon this week by a patient’s family member in the southeastern city of Gaziantep.

The strike is being organized by the Turkish Medical Association, which said in a statement on its website that health-care professionals will protest by carrying out only emergency services today.

Violence against healthcare professionals in Turkey has worsened to the point of being “unbearable” and government officials have failed to address the issue, the statement said.

Ersin Arslan, a 30-year-old surgeon, was killed April 17 when the 17-year-old grandson of a patient who died in his care attacked him with a knife, Milliyet newspaper said.

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