In order to detect illegal substances or objects that may endanger the safety of a patient or doctor, “door security systems” have started to be installed in hospitals, the health ministry said.
“We have urgent work to do for the safety of our health establishments, starting with the entrance to hospitals. Security systems have been installed at the gates of 24 other hospitals,” Koca said on his Twitter account.
“The system will be rapidly rolled out across the country,” the minister added.
The system was set up in accordance with the instruction given by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca four months ago to strengthen security measures in hospitals.
Following the murder of Ekrem Karakaya, a doctor in Konya province, central Anatolia, on July 6, nearly a thousand doctors and health workers gathered in the hospital garden to protest against armed attack, with some demanding faster and stricter action to prevent violence against healthcare workers.
The Turkish Medical Association organized a two-day nationwide strike over Karakaya’s murder.
Hacı Mehmet Akçay shot and killed Karakaya with a pistol on July 6. Akçay, who allegedly committed the murder because he blamed Karakaya for the death of his mother, Kezban Akçay, who died of a heart attack a month ago, committed suicide with the same weapon after the attack.