At total of 7,655 people were dismissed from the Health Ministry as part of the government’s post-coup purge of state institutions, according to official data.

Health Minister Ahmet Demircan told the state-run Anadolu agency that 7,655 people working under his ministry were dismissed, of whom 252 were later reinstated to their jobs.

Meanwhile, 252 others were suspended pending the results of ongoing administrative investigations.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others. The government blames the Gülen movement while the group denies involvement.

Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 public employees including judges, teachers, police and many others from several other professions since July 15, 2016 through government decrees issued as part of an ongoing state of emergency.