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Following Wonkwang University, the ‘Big 5’ in the metropolitan area and Chosun University Hospital submitted resignation letters one after another.

Key personnel responsible for medical residents, emergency on-call staff, and attending physicians… ‘Big 5’ doctors account for more than one-third

In 2020, there was extreme confusion due to delays in surgery and treatment… There are also ‘deaths’

Patients say, “I can’t receive proper treatment.”

The medical community voices its opposition to increasing the number of medical schools and prepares for collective action.

The medical community voices its opposition to increasing the number of medical schools and prepares for collective action.

(Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporter Kim Byeong-gyu = Residents at the ‘Big 5’ hospitals, including Seoul National University, Severance, Samsung Seoul, Seoul Asan, and Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, decided to resign en masse in protest against the increase in medical schools, and the mass resignation of residents is expected to spread nationwide. It is a prospect.

As residents such as interns and residents are at the core of emergency duty, there are growing concerns that if collective action spreads, there will be a repeat of the ‘medical crisis’ that occurred in 2020, when large-scale collective action by residents caused disruptions in surgeries and treatment.

On the 16th, the Korean Medical Resident Association (Daejeon Association) announced that, as a result of discussions with resident representatives from the Big 5 hospitals, all residents at those hospitals will submit letters of resignation by the 19th and will stop working after 6 a.m. on the 20th.

Although individual residents have expressed their intention to resign, this is the first time that a group resignation has been expressed at the teaching hospital level, along with the case of Wonkwang University Hospital, which announced the previous day that all 126 residents from 22 departments had submitted letters of resignation.

In addition, seven residents at Chosun University Hospital individually submitted letters of resignation to the hospital.

The Daejeon Association announced plans to expand the group resignation nationwide, saying, “We plan to investigate whether all teaching hospitals where residents work will participate in submitting resignation letters.”

In a survey of residents at Daejeon Medical Center last January (4,200 out of 15,000 residents participated), 86% of respondents expressed their intention to take collective action.

Although residents assist specialists and full-time doctors (fellows), they are key personnel in the medical field who take on-call duty and act as attending physicians for patients.

According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, at the Big 5 hospitals that announced mass resignations, the proportion of medical residents among all doctors amounts to 37%.

Doctors take to the streets

Doctors take to the streets

Unlike the collective action of the Korean Medical Association (KMA), which is centered on neighborhood clinics, is evaluated as having low impact and momentum, the collective action of residents is expected to have a very large impact on the medical field.

Daejeon Cooperative went on strike in 2020 even when the government was pushing to increase the number of medical schools.

Although the participation rate in the medical association’s collective furlough was only in the single digits, the strike participation rate among medical residents was close to 80%, and the government eventually gave up its plan to increase staff.

In 2020, the chaos in the medical field was so extreme that it was called a ‘medical crisis.’

Residents who participated in the strike at the time continued to emphasize, “We will ensure that there are no disruptions in patient care,” and specialists and full-time doctors took on the role of residents.

However, due to the extreme COVID-19 epidemic, a number of patients were unable to receive medical treatment, surgery, or hospitalization on time. As a result, there were cases where patients who could have been saved were presumed to have died.

At the time, in Busan, a man in his 40s who had taken drugs could not find a hospital to receive emergency treatment during a mass action in the medical community, so he wandered around for three hours and went all the way to Ulsan to receive treatment, but eventually died.

2020 group vacation for majors

2020 mass vacation for majors

At the time, the government issued a ‘return to work order’ to residents across the country, starting with the metropolitan area.

However, Daejeonhyup responded by informing its members of the ‘blackout’ behavior guidelines, which involves turning off cell phones and blocking contact with the outside world.

The government filed a complaint against 10 people, including medical residents, for violating the order to commence work, but later withdrew the complaint. In the end, we had no choice but to give up on increasing the number of medical schools, unable to overcome the collective action of residents.

The government is emphasizing a strict response policy this time, saying the situation is different from when the COVID-19 pandemic was severe.

Each teaching hospital has already been ordered to ‘prohibit acceptance of collective resignations’, and medical organizations such as the Korean Medical Association have already been ordered to ‘ban group actions and teachers of group actions’. The policy is to immediately issue a ‘commencement order’ if residents take collective action.

Furthermore, emergency plans were prepared, including the full expansion of non-face-to-face medical treatment, the use of PA (Physician Assistant) nurses, and the opening of military medical institutions to the private sector.

As the conflict between the government and doctors intensifies and concerns about a medical crisis grow, patients are becoming anxious.

Mr. A, an office worker who is scheduled to receive treatment at one of the Big 5 hospitals in the near future, said, “I am worried about the chronic disease I am suffering from, and I have to worry about whether I will be able to receive proper treatment and treatment. There may be a conflict with the government, but doctors “I hope I never have to leave the hospital,” he said.

Minister Cho Kyu-hong holds the 5th meeting of the Central Accident Control Headquarters

Minister Cho Kyu-hong holds the 5th meeting of the Central Accident Control Headquarters

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