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UK warns against Turkey medical tourism

The UK government has warned against medical travel to Turkey after 17 British nationals have died following treatment in the country in recent years. The advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) urges UK citizens looking to travel to Turkey for medical treatment, elective surgery and dental procedures to undertake detailed research before travelling. The […]

The UK government has warned against medical travel to Turkey after 17 British nationals have died following treatment in the country in recent years. The advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) urges UK citizens looking to travel to Turkey for medical treatment, elective surgery and dental procedures to undertake detailed research before travelling.

The warning is advisory and has no legal status. Coincidentally it was issued soon after Turkey again refused entreaties from the UK and EU to ban Russian tourists and airlines.

About Turkey’s medical travel sector, the FCDO states:

The FCDO also adds general warning points about medical travel:

Individuals planning overseas treatment are advised to use internationally accredited clinics or hospitals, although using an accredited clinic or hospital does not guarantee a satisfactory outcome.Individuals considering travelling for treatment should discuss their plans carefully with their UK doctor, dentist and/or hospital specialist before committing to any procedure abroad.Travellers should speak directly to the health professional undertaking the planned treatment before travel and check their qualifications and references independently.

Source: laingbuissonnews.com