It is the firm opinion of AAEM that the medical bill newly signed by Turkish President Abdullah Gul, making it a crime to administer emergency first aid without government authorization, unjustly and negatively affects both patients and providers.
AAEM believes that every individual should have unencumbered access to quality emergency care provided by a specialist in emergency medicine.
AAEM president, William T. Durkin, Jr., MD MBA FAAEM notes, “Physicians are bound by the Hippocratic Oath. To ignore someone in extremis while awaiting approval from a bureaucrat is inhuman and goes against any sense of decency.”
As noted by the independent group, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), “Article 46 of the bill will criminalize emergency medical care and punish doctors with heavy fines and imprisonment for simply assisting Turkish citizens in need of emergency medical care.”1
On January 9th, 2014, Physicians for Human Rights was joined by several other leading medical groups in writing to President Adbullah to express grave concerns about the bill. AAEM adds their support to this letter in calling on the Turkish government to reverse this decision.
The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) is the specialty society in emergency medicine today. As an organization, AAEM believes achievement of board certification represents the only acceptable method of attaining recognition as a specialist in emergency medicine.
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1. Turkish President Signs Bill that Criminalizes Emergency Medical Care. Physicians for Human Rights. http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/