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Chairman of the Daejeon City Medical Association, “The number of doctors is not small… We need to solve the problem of criminal punishment first.”

Daejeon St. Mary's Hospital lobby on the morning of the 16th

Daejeon St. Mary’s Hospital lobby on the morning of the 16th

(Daejeon = Larose.VIP) Reporter Park Joo-young = Daejeon St. Mary’s Hospital interns who expressed their intention to collectively resign have returned to the hospital.

According to the medical community on the 16th, all 21 interns at Daejeon St. Mary’s Hospital declared that they would be absent from work indefinitely from 6 a.m. on the same day after notifying the hospital of their intention to resign the previous day, but were reported to have returned as of noon that day.

Some interns submitted their resignation letters, but they submitted them in a self-created resignation letter format rather than as a resignation letter indicating they would give up the one-year internship program.

An intern named Hong, who publicly announced his intention to resign through YouTube, also submitted a letter of resignation to the hospital on the 14th rather than a letter of resignation from training, but was reported to have returned to work as normal that day.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare conducted an inspection on the status of interns working at Daejeon St. Mary’s Hospital on this day, but it was confirmed that residents had normal access to medical records such as emergency medicine.

For now, the submission of collective resignations has been put on hold.

Initially, 48 residents at this hospital also agreed to submit their resignations sequentially starting next week, but the situation is fluid as the government took strong action, such as issuing a ‘disallowance of group vacation use and an order to maintain essential medical care’ to 221 training hospitals on this day. .

The proportion of residents at Daejeon St. Mary’s Hospital amounts to 34.5% (69 people) of all doctors (200 people).

Since interns work in major medical fields such as emergency medicine, neurosurgery, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, and internal medicine, there are concerns about a medical gap if a large number of people leave.

Patients who visit the hospital regularly due to chronic diseases are anxious about the unusual atmosphere.

A woman in her 60s who visits the hospital every three months due to liver disease said, “They asked me to get a CT scan, so I got the test, but it took longer than usual to draw blood.”

Ms. Kim (69, female), who lives in Geumsan, South Chungcheong Province, also complained, “I visit the hospital every three months because of high blood pressure and hyperlipidemia, but if the strike continues, it will become difficult to get treatment.”

Patients and their guardians watched with concern the news about doctors’ collective backlash against the government’s policy to expand the number of medical school students playing on the TV installed in the lobby.

It has been reported that other general hospitals in the Daejeon area, including Chungnam National University Hospital, Konyang University Hospital, and Eulji University Hospital, have not yet had any moves toward mass resignation of residents.

Kim Young-il, president of the Daejeon Medical Association, pointed out, “The government says that the number of doctors in Korea is small among countries that are member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), but there are not many countries like Korea where patients can see medical care right away when they want.”

He continued, “The plastic surgery and rehabilitation fields have a resident application rate of over 100%,” and claimed, “It’s not that there are a small number of doctors, but that obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and surgery are being avoided due to ridiculously low fees and concerns about criminal punishment.”

jyoung@yna.co.kr

Report to KakaoTalk okjebo 2024/02/16 13:47 Sent

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