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Concerns over medical gap due to ‘resignation of medical major’

Concerns over medical gap due to ‘resignation of medical major’

(Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporter Kim Byeong-gyu = As predicted, residents, including interns and residents who are opposed to the expansion of medical schools, submitted resignation letters in large numbers, mainly at the ‘Big 5’ hospitals in the metropolitan area, on the 19th, and some left the field, causing chaos in the medical field. This is becoming visible.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare emphasized the principle of ‘following the law’ when issuing medical maintenance orders to residents, and the Commissioner General of the National Police Agency announced a strict investigation policy, saying that he would consider arresting the instigator.

Civic groups and labor groups are planning a ‘candlelight vigil’ to gather voices in favor of increasing the number of medical schools while announcing their policy to report collective action by medical residents.

‘Big 5’ hospital residents announce suspension of work from the 20th

‘Big 5’ hospital residents announce suspension of work from the 20th

◇ Thousands of medical residents across the country resign en masse… More than 1,000 people in Seoul alone

A large-scale mass resignation of residents has become a reality not only at the major hospitals in Seoul, known as the ‘Big 5’, but also at teaching hospitals across the country.

According to the medical community, as predicted by the Korean Medical Residents Association (Daejeon Medical Association), residents at the Big 5 hospitals submitted resignation letters one after another on this day, and it is reported that more than 1,000 residents expressed their intention to resign.

Previously, Daejeon Cooperative announced that, as a result of discussions with representatives of the Big 5 majors, they decided to submit their resignations by the 19th and then stop working as of 6 a.m. on the 20th. After submitting the resignation letter, the Daejeon Association plans to hold an emergency extraordinary general meeting of delegates at the Korean Medical Association (KMA) Hall in Yongsan, Seoul at noon on the 20th.

As medical residents submitted their resignations as a group in opposition to the government’s medical reform policy, it is expected that future response plans will be discussed at the meeting on the 20th.

Samsung Seoul Hospital announced that about 160 out of 525 residents, equivalent to 30 to 40%, and Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, 190 out of 290 residents submitted their resignations.

At Asan Medical Center in Seoul, it was also found that a significant number of the 578 residents, including interns and residents, expressed their intention to resign.

At Severance Hospital, where a significant number of residents stopped working from this day, one day before the date announced by the Daejeon Association, it is known that about 600 out of the total 612 residents, excluding some, expressed their intention to resign.

Seoul National University Hospital is counting resignation letters submitted by department, so it is difficult to determine the exact size.

There are differences in the specific numbers from hospital to hospital, but the general consensus in the medical community is that in Seoul alone, the number will be well over 1,000.

On this day, a procession of residents resigning continued at local teaching hospitals.

In Gyeonggi-do, about 110 residents at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, a branch of Seoul National University Hospital, and 130 residents at Ajou University Hospital submitted letters of resignation.

In Incheon, 100 people at Inha University Hospital, 71 at Gachon University Gil Hospital, and 60 at Incheon St. Mary’s Hospital expressed their intention to resign.

At Chonbuk National University Hospital, 189 residents decided to submit their resignations, and 126 residents at Wonkwang University Hospital had their resignations rejected once, but are likely to submit them again and stop working.

224 people submitted resignation letters at Chonnam National University Hospital and 108 people submitted resignation letters at Chosun University Hospital.

Resignations of residents continued in the Gangwon region, including 64 at Kangwon National University Hospital, 97 at Wonju Severance Christian Hospital, and 19 at Gangneung Asan Hospital.

In Gyeongnam, it was confirmed that 351 residents at four hospitals submitted letters of resignation, including 138 residents at Yangsan Pusan ​​National University Hospital, 121 residents at Jinju Gyeongsang National University Hospital, 71 residents at Sungkyunkwan University Samsung Changwon Hospital, and 21 residents at Changwon National Gyeongsang National University Hospital.

In Ulsan, 25 people from Ulsan University Hospital and in Daegu, 65 people from Yeungnam University Hospital joined the collective action by submitting their resignations.

Residents in the Daejeon area also expressed their resignation, including 47 at Daejeon St. Mary’s Hospital and 42 at Daejeon Eulji University Hospital.

In Jeju Island, many of the 73 residents at Jeju National University Hospital and 13 residents at Halla Hospital submitted letters of resignation.

Accordingly, it is estimated that the number of residents who have submitted resignation letters from the Big 5 hospitals and other teaching hospitals across the country totals in the thousands.

A sign opposing the expansion of medical school seats at the Korea Medical Association

A sign opposing the expansion of medical school seats at the Korea Medical Association

◇ Government: “There will be no reduction in nuclear weapons expansion”… ‘License suspension’ issued to the medical association executive branch

The government appears resolute in its response to the residents’ collective action movement, saying, “There will be no reduction in the atomic bomb expansion.” They also brought out the ‘super harsh measure’ of license suspension against the medical association’s executive branch.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare sent a prior notice of the administrative disposition to suspend a doctor’s license by registered mail to two executives, including Kim Taek-woo, chairman of the Emergency Response Committee of the Medical Association, and Park Myeong-ha, chairman of the Organizational Strengthening Committee. They were subject to administrative action on charges of violating the doctors’ ‘order to prohibit instigation of collective action’.

This is the first case that has emerged amidst the full-scale collective action of doctors opposing the government’s expansion of medical school seats.

While the government asked residents to protect the scene, it also strongly criticized the Korean Medical Association, a medical group, using expressions such as ‘shocking’ and ‘devastating’, saying that it was encouraging collective action by residents.

On this day, the Ministry of Health and Welfare issued a medical treatment maintenance order for residents at all 221 teaching hospitals across the country. While the previously issued order was directed against hospitals for essential medical care, this order requires all residents not to leave the treatment site.

He said, “We will definitely make improvements this time so that doctors can pursue their dreams under better conditions, escape from overwork, and receive true education and training.” He added, “I earnestly appeal to them not to turn their backs on patients.”

The Ministry of Health and Welfare plans to issue an order to resume work (return to work) to residents who have left their medical duties during on-site inspections, and if they do not comply, take action such as suspending their medical licenses and file a complaint.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare described the government’s measures as a ‘challenge to doctors’ and responded to the Korean Medical Association, which stated, ‘If we punish medical students and residents, we will face an irreversible medical catastrophe.’ He strongly criticized the treatment, saying, “It is truly shocking that the patient was treated with this perception, and I cannot help but feel devastated.”

The Ministry of Health and Welfare also stated that there will be no negotiations regarding the extent of the increase, saying, “It is not a matter of reducing the number through negotiations.”

On this day, the government held a meeting of related ministers to respond to collective action by doctors, presided over by Prime Minister Han Deok-soo, and decided to operate the ‘Doctor Collective Action Damage Reporting and Support Center’ from that day, provide counseling on cases of patient damage, and support lawsuits in connection with the Legal Aid Corporation. .

Police Commissioner Yoon Hee-geun said at a regular press conference that day, “When a group action in the medical community is reported to an investigative agency, we will investigate it as quickly as possible within the established procedures.” “We will issue arrest warrants for those who are leading the entire incident, and we will consult with the prosecution and respond with detention and investigation in mind,” he said.

The Korean Medical Association responded to the government’s hard-line remarks by saying, “Do not intimidate doctors.”

The Emergency Response Committee of the Korean Medical Association issued an appeal to the public and said, “Our doctors are not going on strike, but rather ‘giving up,’” adding, “There is no longer any hope due to the pressure of the government, which unilaterally enforces policies without dialogue, so they are unable to fulfill their role as doctors.” “It’s about giving up,” he claimed.
However, there appears to be room for dialogue between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the medical community. Both sides will appear on MBC’s ‘100 Minute Debate’, which will air on the night of the 20th, and discuss the expansion of medical schools and collective action in the medical field.

Those in favor of increasing the number of medical schools are Yoo Jeong-min, head of the strategic team of the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Medical Issues Promotion Group, and Professor Kim Yoon of Seoul National University’s School of Medicine (Healthcare Management), while those opposing it are Lee Dong-wook, president of the Gyeonggi Province Medical Association, and Professor Jeong Jae-hoon of Gachon University College of Medicine’s Gil Hospital (Department of Preventive Medicine).

There is a movement in civil society to rally criticism against collective action by medical residents and others.

The Citizens’ Coalition for Economic Justice views the group’s suspension of treatment as ‘collusion’ and announced on the 22nd that it will report residents who participate in the refusal of group treatment to the Fair Trade Commission.

The National Health and Medical Industry Workers’ Union (Health and Medical Workers’ Union) is also promoting the ‘National Candlelight Action’, a pan-national action to condemn doctors’ collective action. The union said, “We will take pan-national action to prevent doctors’ collective cessation of treatment and normalize medical treatment, which is trying to thwart the expansion of medical schools.”

Ministry of Health and Welfare orders all residents to maintain medical treatment “Remarks by the Medical Association are shocking and devastating”

Ministry of Health and Welfare orders all residents to maintain medical treatment “Remarks by the Medical Association are shocking and devastating”

◇ The medical field is already in ‘chaos’… Cancer surgery delayed and childbirth postponed

Confusion in the medical field has already begun. In some hospitals, there are a series of cases where emergency surgeries such as cancer surgery, childbirth, and disc surgery are being canceled or postponed, especially as residents leave the site early.

Severance Hospital announced on the 16th that it would like to discuss adjusting surgery schedules for each department in preparation for resident vacancies, and is not ruling out the possibility of reducing surgeries by more than half due to the absence of anesthesiology residents.

This hospital entered an ’emergency mode’ as residents in some departments, including the Department of Pediatrics, stopped providing treatment from this day. A hospital official said, “Surgeries not only in the pediatric department but also in all departments have been reduced by half.”

At Samsung Seoul Hospital, which performs 200 to 220 surgeries a day, 20 surgeries, or about 10%, were postponed on this day. The hospital predicted that about 70 surgeries would be postponed on the 20th.

At Samsung Seoul Hospital, as of this morning, about 30 to 40 percent of the 525 residents had submitted resignation letters.

Most hospitals believe that available manpower will be limited and are prioritizing emergency and critical surgeries.

Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital is also preparing to inform patients that surgery and hospitalization schedules may be adjusted depending on emergency and severity due to the collective resignation and general strike of residents.

Patients are complaining of discomfort.

Mr. Park (65), a patient who visited Chonnam National University Hospital in Gwangju, said that Chonnam National University Hospital canceled the surgery scheduled for the 20th.

Mr. Park said, “The surgery was scheduled for tomorrow, but I suddenly received a cancellation notice today. I made a reservation and waited for the surgery since July of last year. How can this happen?”

The story of a patient was also reported who was scheduled to give birth to twins by caesarean section at Seoul National University Hospital, but was notified of the postponement a day before the surgery.

Even the National Cancer Center, a medical institution under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, appears to be adjusting its surgery schedule as mass resignations of residents become visible.

Hospitals are particularly concerned about the situation where the gap between medical specialists is ‘prolonged’.

Moreover, if ‘full-time doctors’, such as clinical instructors, fellows, etc., join in collective action, the situation may worsen into an unmanageable situation.

‘Call for suspension of exemption from criminal punishment for medical personnel and call for establishment of public medical schools’

‘Call for suspension of exemption from criminal punishment for medical personnel and call for establishment of public medical schools’

bkkim@yna.co.kr

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