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Private Turkish bank refuses to allow purged doctor to open new account

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The local branch of a privately owned Turkish bank refused to allow a doctor to open an account because he had been dismissed from his job by a government decree in the aftermath of a 2016 failed coup, the Gazete Duvar news website reported.

The doctor, whose name was not disclosed in the report, was also refused an account by the bank’s upper management and Turkey’s Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) despite the fact that the private hospital by which he had recently been employed had an agreement with the bank.

The report did not name the bank, but according to the doctor’s remarks, it is partly owned by a European bank.

In another incident a Turkish insurance company recently rejected a claim for damages sustained in an accident by one of its insureds on the grounds that the claimant had been purged from his job by the government.

Turkey has dismissed some 140,000 civil servants, including police officers, teachers, academics and doctors, due to their alleged ties to terrorist organizations since the failed coup.

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