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Deadline for resignation on the 19th, plan to suspend work on the 20th… Confusion is inevitable during large-scale group action.

Pressure on government to ‘strictly crack down on illegal activities’, burden of critical public opinion… Movement to return after submitting resignation letter

There is a strong backlash against the ‘large-scale increase in personnel’, and medical students and medical associations also join in… Hospital prepares by postponing surgery

Hints of collective action by medical groups…  Will there be a medical vacuum?

Hints of collective action by medical groups… Will there be a medical vacuum?

(Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporter Kim Byeong-gyu = While interns, residents, and other residents have protested against the expansion of medical school seats and predicted collective action, the 19th, which they suggested as the time to resign, is expected to be a watershed that will determine the future conflict between the government and the medical community.

Although large hospitals are preparing by coordinating surgery and hospitalization schedules ahead of the collective action of residents, if the collective action is prolonged on a large scale, chaos in the medical field seems inevitable.

According to the government and medical community on the 18th, the Korean Resident Association (Daejeon Association) discussed with the residents of the ‘Big 5’ hospitals on the 16th, and as a result, all residents at those hospitals will submit their resignations by the 19th, and no one will be hired after 6 a.m. on the 20th. He announced that he had decided to stop working.

Accordingly, how many residents submit their resignations by the 19th will likely determine how much confusion will occur in the medical field starting on the 20th.

Residents have already begun submitting their resignations, but it is known that many of them returned after the Ministry of Health and Welfare issued an order to resume work.

On the 16th, the Ministry of Health and Welfare conducted an on-site inspection of 12 teaching hospitals where collective resignation letters of residents were submitted or suspected of being submitted. As a result, 235 people submitted resignation letters, and 103 of them did not actually work. There was no hospital where the resignation letter was accepted.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare issued an order to 103 people to begin work, and 100 people returned to the site, but 3 people could not be contacted. The Ministry of Health and Welfare has received a confirmation of non-compliance with the work start order from the training department of the hospital where these three belong, and plans to decide on further disposition.

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.

For now, the spirit of medical residents appears to have waned, but as there is still great opposition to the government’s ‘2,000 medical school increase,’ there is a possibility that there will be a surge in submissions of resignations on the 19th, the last day of the deadline set by the Daejeon Association.

The plan for their ‘junior’ medical students to take a collective leave of absence on the 20th and the announcement of the direction of the struggle the day before by the emergency committee of the ‘senior’ Korean Medical Association (KMA) are also expected to give strength to residents.

However, with the government unwaveringly emphasizing a hard-line response policy and public opinion strongly supporting the expansion of medical schools, criticism of the doctors’ strike is expected to be a factor that causes residents to hesitate to take collective action.

The government is putting pressure on residents, citing ‘mechanical law enforcement’ and ‘license cancellation’. If a resident is confirmed to have left the field, an order to resume work will be issued immediately, and if the resident fails to comply, measures such as license suspension will be taken.

Park Min-soo, Second Vice Minister of Health and Welfare, said in a briefing on the 16th, “Violation of the order to start work will result in punishment of up to 3 years in prison,” and “If residents do not return for a long period of time, the function of the (hospital) will be significantly paralyzed, and there are cases of actual patient death.” “If serious harm occurs, the maximum punishment will be imposed by law,” he emphasized.

Pursuant to the Medical Service Act, if a medical professional suspends treatment without justifiable grounds or a medical institution’s founder suspends business en masse, resulting in significant disruption to patient care, the Minister of Health and Welfare or the head of a local government may issue an order for the medical practitioner or medical institution’s founder to commence work, and if this order is violated, Medical practitioners may be subject to suspension of qualifications for up to 1 year, imprisonment for up to 3 years, or a fine of up to 30 million won.

9th meeting of the Central Accident Control Headquarters for collective action of doctors

9th meeting of the Central Accident Control Headquarters for collective action of doctors

Public opinion shows overwhelming support for increasing the number of medical schools, with doctors even making comments blaming public opinion. Conversely, public opinion on the doctors’ strike is negative.

In a poll conducted by Gallup Korea on 1,002 adult men and women nationwide from the 13th to the 15th, 76% of respondents responded that there were ‘more positive points’ about the expansion of medical school seats, while ‘there were more negative points’ regarding the expansion of medical school admissions. was only 16%. 81% of People Power Party supporters and 73% of Democratic Party supporters each answered positively, so there was no difference of opinion between the ruling and opposition party supporters.

There are already patient groups (six serious disease-related organizations, including the Korea Multiple Myeloma Patients Association and the Korea Lou Gehrig Association) and labor unions (Health and Medical Workers’ Union). Statements were made criticizing doctors’ collective action movements from all walks of life, including civic groups (Citizens’ Coalition for Economic Justice).

The medical field is already busy with collective action by medical residents. We are discussing an emergency system assuming that residents leave the hospital all at once.

Residents account for 30-40% of the medical staff at tertiary general hospitals. He acts as the ‘hands and feet of the hospital’ by assisting professors with surgeries and medical treatments and checking patients’ conditions as the attending physician.

Severance Hospital issued a ‘Notice regarding operating room operation’ within the hospital on the 16th. “Due to the expected absence of residents from 6 a.m. on the 19th, the Department of Anesthesiology is expected to be able to operate the operating room at less than 50% of the usual capacity,” and submitted a list of patients scheduled for surgery by the 19th, those eligible for hospitalization and postponements, to the hospitalization team. “Please do it.”

Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, Seoul National University Hospital, and Gangnam Severance Hospital are also informing patients that surgery and hospitalization schedules may be adjusted, and Gangnam Severance Hospital will only perform emergency surgeries on the 20th, when residents are expected to leave the hospital. It is known that some hospitals classify patients according to importance or compile a list of patients whose surgery can be postponed.

Press conference urging expansion of medical school quota

Press conference urging expansion of medical school quota

bkkim@yna.co.kr

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