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There are no major disturbances yet, but I am worried that emergency medical treatment and surgery may be disrupted.

‘Increasing the number of medical schools’ Growing conflict between government and medical community

‘Increasing the number of medical schools’ Growing conflict between government and medical community

(Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporters Yeon Hye-hyun, Mi-ryeong Ahn, and Ahn Jeong-hoon = In protest against the government’s policy of increasing the number of medical schools, residents at large hospitals across the country, including the ‘Big 5’ in Seoul, have been resigning one after another, causing concerns among patients about disruptions in various treatment and surgery schedules. There are concerns that a ‘medical crisis’ may become a reality.

On the 16th, the outpatient waiting area and various examination rooms in the main building of the Catholic University of Korea’s Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital in Seocho-gu, Seoul were crowded with patients and guardians from early in the morning. Young doctors wearing white gowns over blue scrubs looked at charts and walked quickly.

However, since the residents had not yet gone to a complete halt to work, treatment appeared to be carried out as usual.

Ms. Lee (30), whom I met in front of the admission/discharge waiting room, was going through discharge procedures with her older sister, who had recently completed surgery for thyroid cancer. Ms. Lee asked her sister, “Are doctors going on strike starting next week?” and she said, “I’m glad I got out before that. It wasn’t an urgent surgery, but if the schedule was delayed, wouldn’t the hospitalization cost be higher?” .

Lee Cheol-woo (77), who visited this hospital after being notified that additional blood tests were needed, said, “I’m a little anxious because they say I may have to undergo surgery right away, but I’m sure the hospital will be able to adjust the schedule on their own.”

The reception desk at Samsung Seoul Hospital in Gangnam-gu was also crowded with patients and their guardians as usual.

Most of these people responded by saying things like “I don’t know” and “This is my first time hearing about it. I haven’t received any information from the hospital” regarding the mass resignation of medical residents.

Bae Eung-seop (67), whom we met at Severance Hospital in Seodaemun-gu, also said, “I visited the hospital several times because of my leg, but I don’t know if treatment or reception was later than usual. There was no backlog of reservations.”

Mr. Bae said, “(Even before the dispute over the legislative system), it took a long time to get an appointment for surgery, so I couldn’t get surgery for nearly three months. I am in favor of the government trying to increase the number of students at medical schools.”

Citizens waiting for a large general hospital shuttle bus

Citizens waiting for a large general hospital shuttle bus

Some voiced concerns about emergency medical disruption.

Mr. Ha (44), who is attending Samsung Seoul Hospital for outpatient treatment for his mother’s back, said, “It is true that I am worried because I will not be able to go to the emergency room if I get injured at a time like this. I just hope that the situation does not escalate further.” said.

An official from one of the Big 5 hospitals said, “There has been no group resignation submitted yet. We are discussing whether to accept it or not,” and added, “We are discussing measures (to stop residents from working) in the direction of adjusting surgery, hospitalization, and outpatient schedules.” .

According to the Korean Medical Residents’ Association, a residents’ group, residents at the Big 5 hospitals protested against the government’s increase in medical schools and decided to submit their resignations by the 19th and stop working after 6 a.m. on the 20th.

The Big Five hospitals include Seoul National University, Severance, Samsung Seoul, Seoul Asan, and Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital.

Residents, such as interns and residents, are key personnel in emergency duty and surgical assistance at large hospitals. There are concerns that if they leave the medical field en masse, patient inconvenience will increase due to a medical gap.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare calculated that 154 residents at seven hospitals across the country had submitted resignation letters as of the previous day.

key@yna.co.kr

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