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I decided to leave the hospital from the 20th… Amid hospital tensions, there is also a view that “repair is unlikely”

The percentage of Big 5 majors is 34-46%, with an ‘overdependence’ structure… If work is stopped, the repercussions will be significant.

Is mass resignation of medical residents spreading across the country?

Is collective resignation of medical residents spreading across the country?

(Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporter Kim Jan-di and Kwon Ji-hyeon = There is tension in the field as residents at large hospitals in Seoul, the so-called ‘Big 5’, announced that they will submit their resignations by the 19th.

Major hospitals are closely monitoring the situation of residents, without ruling out the possibility that mass resignations may become a reality. However, the general consensus in the medical community is that even if a resignation letter is actually submitted, the likelihood of it being accepted is not high.

According to the medical community on the 16th, when it was announced that all interns, residents, and other residents at the Big 5 hospitals would submit their resignations by the 19th and stop working as of 6 a.m. on the 20th, each hospital was busy trying to understand the situation. am.

The Big 5 hospitals in Korea are Seoul National University, Severance, Samsung Seoul, Seoul Asan, and Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital.

Following the announcement by the Ministry of Health and Welfare that all 58 interns at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital have submitted their resignation letters, movements are beginning to take place one by one at the remaining four hospitals.

These hospitals are sensing that residents are trying to collect and submit resignation letters by department, and it is expected that the exact amount of resignations will be revealed on the 19th.

An official in the medical industry said, “Resignations submitted by interns and residents are often passed on to the training and education department through the head of the medical department, but it appears that there is a considerable amount that is not ‘officially’ captured because this process is being followed.”

While there are residents who have already left the hospital and do not go to work, there are also young doctors who submitted their resignation and then returned.

The intern who submitted his resignation letter to Asan Medical Center in Seoul the previous day returned to work at the hospital this morning. It is known that less than five people submitted their resignations.

Twenty-one interns at Daejeon St. Mary’s Hospital also announced their intention to resign the day before, but as a result of the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s work status investigation that day, it was confirmed that they were properly connected to the internal medical network. However, some in the medical community are pointing out whether it can be asserted that they have returned just by accessing the medical network.

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

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

First, hospitals decided to focus on determining the scale of resident resignations by the 19th.

Some hospitals plan to work together to prevent mass resignations from occurring by communicating with residents in each department as much as possible during this period. This is because a medical crisis cannot be avoided if a large number of residents in charge of major duties leave tertiary general hospitals, creating a vacuum in the field.

According to the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service, the proportion of residents among the doctor staff at the Big 5 hospitals is 46.2% at Seoul National University Hospital, 40.2% at Severance Hospital, 38.0% at Samsung Seoul Hospital, 34.5% at Asan Medical Center, and 33.8% at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital. Due to the structure being ‘overdependent’, with 34-46% of the medical workforce being filled by residents, the impact of mass resignations is bound to be significant.

Even if residents submit their resignations, it is unlikely that they will be accepted at the hospital level.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare has already issued an order banning the acceptance of collective resignation letters at each teaching hospital, and the prevailing opinion is that even without an order from the Ministry of Health and Welfare, there is not much will at the hospital level to accept the resignation letters.

In 2020, when the previous government pushed to increase the number of medical schools, a large number of residents submitted resignation letters and left the hospital along with an indefinite collective leave in August of that year, but when the government stepped down in September of that year, all residents returned.

An official at a tertiary general hospital said, “There is an order from the Ministry of Health and Welfare prohibiting the acceptance of resignation letters, but considering various situations such as the future of young doctors, it does not seem likely that the resignation letters will be accepted.” He added, “Most of the resignation letters submitted in 2020 will not be accepted.” “I know it wasn’t,” he said.

This time, the government’s determination to increase the number of medical school students by 2,000 students is firm, and the atmosphere of opposition to this is unusual, so some say that the situation is different in many ways and that we must wait and see first.

It is said that the government issued an order banning collective action in advance and announced that it would respond strongly in accordance with laws and principles, thereby encouraging the spread of collective action.

Another Big 5 hospital official said, “There is an atmosphere within the hospital that we cannot just stop young doctors and medical students, who will inevitably be most affected by the increase in medical schools,” and added, “The atmosphere among medical students and residents is unusual. The government’s strong response is “It looks like the spark has been lit,” he said.


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