Low-Pay and Harsh Conditions Overwhelm Turkish Health Workers | News | teleSUR English

Violence from patients, low wages, and extreme working conditions that inflict on Turkey’s health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic has compelled lots of them to quit the job or seek opportunities abroad, according to their unions.

Tens of thousands of Turkish healthcare employees and social support personnel held a one-day nationwide strike on Dec. 15 demanding better pay, lower workload, and more safety measures. Health workers are complaining about the rise of the cost of living as inflation soared to 36.1 percent annually in 2021, and the Turkish currency lira lost over 40 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar.

The Turkish Medical Association (TTB), the leading union of health workers, said in a statement in Dec. 2021 that many medical professionals have sought to leave the country due to worsening working conditions.

Low-Pay and Harsh Conditions Overwhelm Turkish Health Workers | News | teleSUR English