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Thailand: Transport Ministry Holds Maritime Emergency Drill off Samui Island


Surat Thani: The Ministry of Transport has held a rescue drill for boats off Samui Island, simulating a fire aboard a sea vessel to trial evacuation of passengers. The Ministry of Transport’s Marine Department has worked jointly with Surat Thani provincial officials and other public and private agencies to stage the official 2017 maritime rescue drill off Samui Island.\r\nThis year’s training involved a fire on a ferry boat and included the use of helicopters, speed boats and jet skis, all with the purpose of helping to evacuate passengers from the ferry.
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Turkey: Turkey Threatens Doctors and First Responders, Violates Medical Neutrality


  The Turkish Health Ministry issued a threat to take medical licenses to practice away from doctors who have been providing treatment to the protesters in Istanbul. They are also demanding the names of all medical volunteers including Emergency Medicine Technicians. This threat constitutes a violation of the human right of the protesters to receive treatment and the principle of medical neutrality.
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Turkey: Turkey Approves Controversial Medical Aid Bill


Istanbul: A controversial medical bill that makes it a crime for doctors to provide emergency first aid without government authorisation came into force in Turkey on January 18 Saturday despite an outcry from rights groups. Under the legislation that was approved by President Abdullah Gul on January 17 Friday, those convicted could be imprisoned for up to three years and face fines of nearly $1 million.
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Turkey: Turkish Doctors Condemn Government Curbs on Emergency Treatment


Turkish government measures curbing the freedom of doctors in administering emergency treatment have been condemned by medical and human rights groups, with professionals accusing the government of intimidation and seeking to criminalise urgent assistance to street protesters. President Abdullah Gül signed into law the contested bill drawn up by the government of the Prime Minister, RecepTayyip Erdogan, compelling doctors and health professionals to apply for government permission before they may administer emergency first aid. Medical personnel could face jail terms of three years and fines of up to 2.25m lira (£600,000) for bre
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United Arab Emirates: Ambulance Services to Improve in Dubai


Dubai: To improve ambulance service within Dubai, a delegation from the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) met delegates from Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC). The partnership between the 2 organizations will facilitate training, medical education and increase access to the best emergency care. Areas that were discussed included awareness in the field of first aid and emergency services as well as an outline of plans to improve ambulance services.
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