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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 = All interns at Daejeon St. Mary’s Hospital have resigned and have not been going to work since the 16th.

According to the medical community on the 16th, all 21 interns at Daejeon St. Mary’s Hospital submitted their resignation letters to the hospital the day before and were absent from work indefinitely as of 6 a.m. that day.

It is known that it was not a letter of resignation from training with the intention of giving up the internship program for one year, but was submitted in a self-created resignation letter format.

48 residents at this hospital also agreed to submit their resignations sequentially starting next week.

Residents at Daejeon St. Mary’s Hospital account for 34.5% (69 people) of the total doctors (200 people).

So far, there have been no major disruptions in medical treatment, but as four emergency medicine interns will be leaving from this afternoon, professors will have to fill the vacant positions.

In addition, there are concerns about a medical gap as interns are working in major fields such as neurosurgery, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, and internal medicine.

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.”

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

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

On this morning, the atmosphere was chaotic as rumors circulated that the Ministry of Health and Welfare was conducting an inspection of Daejeon St. Mary’s Hospital.

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 11:34 Sent

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