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Published: 05/06/2012

New Ministry of Health laws allowing private hospitals to recruit foreign doctors to reduce the shortage of doctors in Turkey has finally come into force.

Foreign doctors to be recruited

New Ministry of Health laws allowing private hospitals to recruit foreign doctors to reduce the shortage of doctors in Turkey has finally come into force.

Nijat Alishev - a physician assistant from Azerbaijan who specialises in radiology and works at the İstanbul University Çapa Hospital - praised the recent health legislation which would help to combat the current shortage of doctors, adding that “the legislation will enable [hospitals] to employ enough doctors to meet demand.”

Alishev stressed that despite the legislation providing huge opportunities for foreign doctors, he was planning to return to Azerbaijan after completing his education because of the challenges he faced, most notably, local doctors who appear to be competing against foreign doctors in Turkey.

He also stressed that he thinks that in comparison with local Turkish doctors, foreign doctors’ rights are still not up to par in Turkey because foreign doctors cannot earn the same as local doctors.

“As stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, equal work deserves equal pay. If I am doing the same job as a Turkish doctor, they need to pay me the same amount”.

Under Turkish health legislation, foreign doctors are not considered to be permanent members of staff. This means that they are not provided with employment benefits such as healthcare or a pension. Public hospitals are also forbidden from hiring foreign specialists but they get around these provisions by employing foreign physician assistants who do not receive any pay at all.

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