Turkey passes controversial medical aid bill | Europe | Al Jazeera English

Bill that makes it crime for doctors to provide emergency first aid without government authorisation comes into force.

After 11 years in power, Erdogan is accused of becoming increasingly authoritarian [AP]

[…] Under the legislation that was approved by President Abdullah Gul on Friday, those convicted could be imprisoned for up to three years and face fines of nearly $1m from January 18.

Critics fear it could be used to bar doctors and medical workers from treating protesters wounded in anti-government demonstrations as reportedly happened during mass street protests in June last year.

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