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‘Big 5’ residents decided to leave the hospital from the 20th… Some have already left

Is collective 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 the news became known that interns, residents, and other residents at the Big 5 hospitals will submit their resignations by the 19th and will stop working as of 6 a.m. on the 20th, each hospital is busy trying to understand the situation. .

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

Among them, all 58 interns at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital submitted their resignation, and the majority have not been to work since this day. Some interns at Asan Medical Center in Seoul submitted their resignations and then returned to work.

A professor at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital said, “The interns have not been coming out since today. Yesterday evening, I said ‘Thank you for the time’ and left. I heard that the residents will also stop working soon. If that happens, will the hospital be able to run?”

Seoul National University Hospital, Severance Hospital, and Samsung Seoul Hospital are not letting down their guard even though they say that no resident resignation letter has been ‘officially’ received yet.

This is because the residents at the Big 5 hospitals have already announced their ‘resignation plan’ to the public, and their representatives are participating as members of the emergency response committee of the Korean Resident Association (Daejeon Association), and collective action is taking shape one by one.

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 leave the field and a vacuum is created.

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 resignation letters.

In August 2020, when the previous government sought to increase the number of medical schools, a large number of residents submitted resignation letters and left the hospital, 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.

jandi@yna.co.kr

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