Send a Clear Message to Turkey

Motion S4M-08876: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/01/2014
Send a Clear Message to Turkey

That the Parliament understands that the President of Turkey has signed into law a set of punishments for doctors who fulfil their obligations in providing emergency care to any citizen; further understands that doctors can be subjected to fines of up to £600,000 and three-years imprisonment and that this law for providing emergency treatment puts doctors in direct conflict with their ethical and professional responsibilities to care for the sick and wounded; believes that this law is in conflict with both the Turkish penal code and international standards; welcomes what it considers the near universal condemnation of this law, including by the British Medical Association, the German Medical Association, the World Medical Association, Physicians for Human Rights and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health; calls on the Constitutional Court of Turkey to protect the ethical duty of doctors by deeming this law constitutionally illegal, and calls on the EU to make clear to Turkey that it considers such legislation unacceptable and a bar to its membership.