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WMA backs Turkish medical leaders

The World Medical Association (WMA) has called for the reinstatement of the leaders of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA) following their dismissal by the Turkish Government.

The dismissal comes on top of the removal of the TMA Secretary General, Dr Bülent Nazim Yilmaz, from his duty as a public servant, and the termination of family medicine contracts of TMA Council members.

WMA Secretary General, Dr Otmar Kloiber, urged the President of Turkey to intervene to stop these unwarranted attacks on leading members of the medical profession.

Earlier this year, the TMA issued a press statement declaring that ‘War is a Public Health Problem’, a self-evident fact that war causes major health problems.

Dr Kloiber said the TMA statement is in line with WMA policy and the widely-held belief that war should be avoided wherever possible because of its impact on health.

“We are appalled at the way leading members of the TMA have been treated over the past few months,” Dr Klober said.

The TMA has a proud record of upholding human rights and denouncing all violence.