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(Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporter Lim Hwa-young = A wheelchair is placed in front of a large hospital in downtown Seoul on the 18th, when the government issued a statement to the public regarding the need to increase the number of medical school students and the need for collective action by doctors.  2024.2.18 hwayoung7@yna.co.kr

(Seoul = Larose.VIP) A medical crisis is becoming a reality as interns and residents opposing the expansion of medical school quota submit resignation letters one after another. Cases of postponing surgery schedules or patient hospitalizations are occurring one after another. Residents at Seoul National University, Severance, Samsung Seoul, Seoul Asan, and Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, which are the ‘big five hospitals’ where life-threatening critically ill patients flock, submitted their resignations by the 19th and decided not to work from 6 a.m. on the 20th. According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, as of 6 p.m. on the 16th, 715 people from 23 of the 100 top teaching hospitals in terms of number of residents submitted resignation letters. The number is expected to increase further by the 19th. Residents are key personnel in the medical field, assisting with surgery and treatment, and caring for hospitalized patients day and night. Patients who need major surgery or are in urgent need of hospitalization are only waiting for treatment at the hospital.

Severance Hospital said, “Due to the absence of medical residents, the operating room will be able to operate at less than 50% of the usual capacity,” and requested each department to submit a list of patients scheduled for surgery who will be admitted and postponed. Other hospitals are also informing that surgery and hospitalization schedules may be adjusted, and are preparing for gaps in care by classifying patients by emergency or severity or selecting a list of patients whose surgeries can be postponed. The extreme chaos that occurred four years ago, when residents left the hospital in opposition to the expansion of medical schools and the establishment of a new public medical school, is becoming a reality right before our eyes. The government announced that it would deploy PA (medical assistant) nurses and military hospital personnel, but many point out that it will be difficult to replace medical residents. There should be no gaps in the operation of the emergency medical care system in preparation for any emergency.

In addition, the Korean Medical Association warned at its first meeting on the 17th after switching to the emergency response committee system that it would take ‘unmanageable actions’ if residents and others were disadvantaged. Policies such as large-scale gatherings and indefinite strikes (closed) were made clear. Medical students also decided to take a collective leave of absence. I emphasize again that there is no justification for collective action in the medical field. The majority of citizens support expanding the medical workforce, and in line with the aging population, countries around the world are also increasing the number of doctors. The medical community must withdraw its struggle plan, sit down at the dialogue table, and discuss with the government ways to revive regional and essential medical services. It is noteworthy that although the Medical Association Emergency Committee mentioned discussions at the ‘original point’ on the premise of canceling the expansion of the medical school quota by 2,000 students, it requested the government to form a consultative body.

The government must also respond strictly to collective action in the medical community, but it must not give up on persuasion and dialogue by making every effort to prevent gaps in treatment in the emergency room or operating room. For medical reform to succeed, cooperation in the medical community is essential. The damage caused by the catastrophe caused by the ‘gang-da-gang confrontation’ should be borne not by the government or the medical community, but by the people who did not receive surgery and treatment in time. Prime Minister Han Deok-soo said in a public address on the 18th, “We are ready to talk and communicate at any time. Let’s narrow the differences through rational discussion and dialogue, not collective action.” This supports the fact that both the government and the medical community agree on the need for dialogue, even though they have prioritized concessions from the other side. I hope we start talking behind the scenes right away. It is time for the political world to make active efforts to mediate rather than just sit back and watch the situation and weigh the pros and cons of the general election.

Report to KakaoTalk okjebo 2024/02/18 16:47 Sent

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