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‘Big 5’ hospitals, including Severance Hospital, hasten to adjust surgery and hospitalization schedules

Hospital with many residents leaving, enjoys ‘half’ surgery

Patients are anxious, “Cancer patient discharged from hospital”, “Child’s surgery scheduled a year ago postponed”

Large hospital posted notice of delayed treatment due to mass resignation of medical residents

Large hospital posted notice of delayed treatment due to mass resignation of medical residents

(Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporters Kim Jan-di, Seo Hye-rim, Oh Jin-song, and Kwon Ji-hyun = Each hospital is responding by activating an ’emergency treatment system’ as residents protesting against the government’s expansion of medical school quota submitted their resignations as a group.

Hospitals are first filling vacancies for residents with professors and full-time doctors and actively adjusting treatment schedules.

During this process, surgeries and medical treatments are postponed and new hospitalizations are limited, leading to many complaints from patients. Hospitals are even expelling existing patients.

◇ “Delays in treatment are expected due to the resident’s resignation.”

According to the medical community on the 20th, a ‘work gap’ became a reality as residents at each hospital stopped working and left the hospital at 6 a.m. that day.

Severance Hospital believes that it will have no choice but to reduce the surgery schedule by about 50% due to the departure of residents, and is taking measures for each department.

Among the surgeries already scheduled for this week, non-urgent patients were selected and advised to postpone hospitalization and surgery, and outpatient treatment was also reduced. Patients have also been asked to reschedule their treatment when the hospital is operating normally.

On this day, the Severance Hospital Ophthalmology Department posted a notice in front of the treatment room saying, “Delays in treatment and much confusion are expected due to the resignation of a resident at the medical center. If special treatment or examination is not possible, treatment may be difficult. We ask for your understanding.”

An official at this hospital said, “We judged that 50% of the existing surgeries would be possible when all residents were absent, so we will not go any lower than that. We have not decided to do only half, but we can do it depending on the manpower situation in each department.” “I’m trying to do as much as possible with the surgery,” he said.

Severance Hospital, along with the Catholic Medical Center, which includes Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, is considered a hospital with a relatively large number of residents who have left their workplace.

Gangnam Severance Hospital will focus on emergency and severe surgeries on this day, and plans to reduce the surgery schedule by half from the 21st.

A thyroid cancer patient who was scheduled to undergo surgery on the 26th at Gangnam Severance Hospital was upset upon hearing that the surgery had been cancelled. He expressed his anger, saying, “Cancellation even before cancer surgery means cancer patients are being told to develop cancer?”

Other hospitals are also adjusting hospitalization and surgery schedules in consideration of the patient’s severity or emergency, and are also limiting the admission of new patients. Some departments are also considering ways to slightly delay the discharge of patients.

Asan Medical Center in Seoul is trying to maintain 60-70% of the usual number of surgeries, and Samsung Seoul Hospital is also responding by reducing average daily surgeries by about 30%.

An official at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital said, “We are limiting the admission of new patients, adjusting the surgery schedule, and deploying professors to ensure that there are no disruptions in treatment.”

Seoul National University Hospital also said that delays in treatment and testing are continuing due to the departure of residents, and is responding by providing treatment mainly to serious and emergency patients.

Chung-Ang University Hospital and Korea University Guro Hospital are also adjusting treatment schedules depending on the severity of patients. Some departments have informed patients that surgery may be postponed if it is not urgent.

Chonnam National University Hospital is preparing for a long-term battle by sending out non-emergency patients to general wards first, as disruption is inevitable if the situation continues for a long time.

The hospital’s neurosurgery ward, which can accommodate about 120 people, was full of patients, but now only about 30 remain.

‘Hospitals without medical residents’ become a reality

‘Hospitals without medical residents’ become a reality

◇ Only the patient was ‘trepid’… “I’m a cancer patient and I’m being discharged.”

Patients are complaining of anxiety. Even if you can receive treatment now, if the confrontation between the medical community and the government continues, the damage will ultimately fall on the patient.

A guardian living in the countryside said, “My mother was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and was about to undergo a test to schedule a surgery at a large hospital in Seoul, but now she can’t even get the test right away,” and was worried that the test might be postponed indefinitely.

The guardian of a cancer patient I met at Asan Medical Center in Seoul said that he was in the process of being discharged.

This guardian said, “Due to the strike, normal treatment was difficult, so I was admitted to another general hospital nearby and was told to be admitted again next month.”

This applies not only to patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and need to undergo surgery, but also to patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and scheduled additional tests at the hospital. There is great anxiety that it may be pushed to the bottom of the list as there are still inspections left.

The Medical Solidarity Headquarters of the Public Transport Workers’ Union, which includes the Seoul National University Hospital union, reported that the hospital site was already in ‘chaos.’

It is said that there have been cases where surgical reservations for patients who had been waiting for surgery for six months were canceled as residents working in life-critical areas such as emergency rooms, operating rooms, and intensive care units left hospitals.

The Korea Medical Association said, “There is also a movement to limit the hospitalization of patients, such as not accepting new hospitalized patients and advancing the discharge schedule of patients,” and added, “One ward at a tertiary hospital in Seoul is empty with ‘0 patients.’” “I do,” he said.

Appeal letter for discontinuation of treatment

Appeal letter for discontinuation of treatment

The Ministry of Health and Welfare is closely monitoring the situation by collecting cases of patient inconvenience through the ‘Doctor Collective Action Damage Reporting and Support Center’.

Of the 34 cases received as of 6 p.m. the previous day, 25 cases were surgery cancellations, 4 cases were cancellations of medical appointments, 3 cases were refusals of treatment, and 2 cases were delays in hospitalization.

According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, among the reported cases, there were cases in which guardians took leave from work for their children’s surgeries that had been scheduled for a year in advance, but hospitalization was delayed.

Hospitals are responding by bringing in replacement workers to fill the vacant positions of residents, but they believe that if the situation continues for a long time, they will inevitably reach their limit.

Moreover, in the case of emergency medical centers that operate 24 hours a day, it is said that fatigue is already becoming serious as professors are filling the vacancies in the work of residents.

A professor of emergency medicine at a tertiary general hospital said, “Emergency medicine specialists who continuously provide treatment with considerable work intensity for 24 hours a day are bound to get tired relatively quickly.” He added, “Patients suspected of being seriously ill are still being seen promptly, but waiting times for patients continue to be long. “I’m concerned that we’re losing,” he said.


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