A total of 2,341 doctors were expelled from their jobs in government decrees that have been issued under post-coup emergency rule so far, according to data from the Turkish Doctors Union (TBB).
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement, inspired by US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. The movement denies the accusations.
More than 120,000 people have been purged from state bodies, nearly 80,000 detained and some 40,000 arrested since the coup attempt.
With only two provinces –Kırklareli and Hakkari– left not to see dismissals of doctors among 81 provinces, no radiologist remained on duty in the largest Kurdish city, Diyarbakır, as a result of the ever-growing witch hunt.
Most of those doctors were dismissed over their alleged or real ties to the Gülen movement.