Bursa Medical Chamber announced that BURULAŞ, an affiliate of the Metropolitan Municipality, did not implement the decision published in the Official Gazette, which was published in the Official Gazette, that healthcare workers could benefit from public transportation free of charge until the end of the year.
CHP Bursa Deputy and Party Assembly Member Orhan Sarıbal, who criticized the practice, said, “Bursa Metropolitan Municipality is practically hampering healthcare workers instead of supporting them in their work life that continues like persecution. Just like the water bills, the double different treatment applied to the people of Bursa before is now applied to the healthcare professionals. The right of healthcare professionals to public transportation ended in Bursa as of September. What kind of conscience is this? " said.
According to the decision published in the Official Gazette with the signature of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on August 28, 2020, the right of the personnel working in all public and private health institutions and organizations that provide health services within the scope of measures to prevent the spread of the new type of coronavirus epidemic, free transportation and access to public social facilities was extended. This right granted to healthcare workers in Bursa is not implemented by Bursa Transportation Public Transport Management (BURULAŞ) on the grounds that there is no council decision.
According to the statement of the Bursa Medical Chamber, Bursa Medical Chamber President Assoc. Dr. Alpaslan Türkkan wrote to BURULAŞ on September 14, 2020 and asked about the issue. On October 2, 2020, Türkkan's letter was answered with the signature of General Manager Mehmet Kürşat Çapar. In the reply letter, “There is no parliamentary decision reaching us regarding the right to free travel for our healthcare professionals. The issue is on the agenda of our senior management, and in case any change is made, we kindly request you to announce it from all our media organs ”.
Reacting to the practice, CHP Bursa Deputy and Party Assembly Member Orhan Sarıbal asked why this right, which was granted to healthcare workers in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, was not given in Bursa. Sarbal said, “We are very curious about the reason for this stepchild treatment to Bursa. In an environment where health workers who struggle at the expense of their lives are increasingly exhausted, is this treatment done to them appropriate? What is the difference of healthcare professionals in Bursa from those in Istanbul? All of them put their lives on their teeth for public health. From the days of the coronavirus epidemic, 47 of the healthcare workers, 107 of whom were physicians, died in very difficult conditions for the health of the people. This decision of BURULAŞ should be questioned first in a conscientious and then humanitarian way, while the suffering of the dead and fading young physicians is very fresh. I would like the valuable Bursa Medical Chamber and its valuable members to know that I am with all health workers in Bursa in their struggle. ”(Bursadabugun)