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Large hospitals such as Severance, Asan, and St. Mary’s Hospital discuss reducing surgery schedules

At Uijeongbu Hospital, there was even a case of ‘cancer patient surgery’ being postponed.

All residents at Big 5 hospitals collectively resign by the 19th

All residents at Big 5 hospitals collectively resign by the 19th

(Uijeongbu · Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporter Kim Do-yoon and Kim Jan-di = As residents protest against the government’s expansion of medical schools and announce mass resignations, a ‘medical crisis’ is becoming a reality, with surgery schedules being postponed or reduced.

According to the medical community on the 16th, Severance Hospital believed that mass resignation of residents would become a reality and announced internally that afternoon, asking each department to discuss ‘adjustment of surgery schedule’.

The Department of Anesthesiology believes that if residents stop working, they will only be able to maintain their schedule at about 50-60% of their usual schedule.

This means that a significant reduction in surgery is inevitable given that anesthesia before surgery is essential.

After this announcement was made internally, some departments have already begun adjusting surgery schedules according to the emergency and severity of patients.

Other large hospitals, such as Seoul Asan Medical Center and Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, are also discussing ways to adjust patients’ surgeries and hospitalizations in preparation for the mass resignation of residents.

In one hospital in Gyeonggi Province, there has already been a case where surgery for a cancer patient was postponed.

Doctors take to the streets

Doctors take to the streets

According to Hospital A in northern Gyeonggi Province and the patient’s family, Professor B of this hospital postponed the surgery scheduled for the 20th with the consent of Patient C this morning.

Mr. C, who had stage 4 lung cancer, had been receiving chemotherapy for about two years and decided to have surgery because there were no more drugs to use. He decided to be hospitalized on the 19th, the day before the surgery.

Mr. C underwent the final examination before surgery, including blood collection, at the hospital that day.

However, Professor B and Mr. C decided to adjust the surgery date because they were concerned that the resident would not be able to enter the operating room due to group action on the day of the surgery.

The 20th, when Mr. C’s surgery was scheduled, was the day when residents at the so-called ‘big five’ hospitals, including Seoul National University, Severance, Samsung Seoul, Seoul Asan, and Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, decided to stop working.

Mr. C’s future surgery date has not been set.

In response, Mr. C’s son posted a post on an Internet community and complained, “Is it something a doctor would do to threaten to risk his patient’s life?”

This article received more than 1,000 comments criticizing the major’s collective action.

Hospital A stated, “Professor B had two surgeries scheduled on the date of the residents’ collective action notice, and there were concerns about disruption to the surgery on the day, so the schedule was inevitably adjusted.”

As medical residents, who are at the core of essential medical care, decide to take collective action, concerns about a ‘medical crisis’ are growing.

All residents at the ‘Big 5’ hospitals decided to submit their resignations by the 19th and stop working after 6 a.m. on the 20th.

Wonkwang University Hospital previously announced that all 126 residents in 22 departments submitted their resignations the day before. In addition, residents in other regions are increasingly submitting resignation letters.

According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, as of 24:00 on the 15th, 154 residents at 7 hospitals submitted resignation letters.

kyoon@yna.co.kr

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