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“The residents just quit their jobs… They have never refused treatment.”

“If you want the OECD average, you should also average the ‘surgery waiting time and treatable mortality rate’”

Medical Association emergency committee briefing

Medical Association emergency committee briefing

(Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporter Seong-ho Seong-ho and Ji-hyeon Kwon = The Emergency Response Committee of the Korean Medical Association (KMA) said on the 23rd, “It is a comedy for the government to create a disaster situation and then establish the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters.” He sarcastically said.

The Medical Association Emergency Committee held a regular briefing at the Medical Association Hall in Yongsan-gu, Seoul this afternoon and announced this.

Joo Su-ho, chairman of the emergency committee’s media and public relations committee, criticized, “The government is the one who forced the once-calm medical system into a disaster situation by unreasonably pushing populist policies,” and added, “But they are making a comedy by installing a disaster headquarters to solve the disaster.”

At the same time, he demanded, “The government should not tarnish the reputation of doctors who are sweating blood in the medical field to protect the lives of the people even at this moment, and should apologize to the people for enforcing wrong policies.”

The emergency committee also criticized the policies introduced by the government when raising the health and medical disaster alert level from ‘alert’ to the highest level, ‘severe’, saying, “There is no way to avoid laughing.”

As the medical gap grew due to the mass resignation of medical residents, the government decided to fully allow non-face-to-face treatment.

Non-face-to-face treatment is now permitted for ‘first-time’ patients and ‘hospital level or higher’ medical institutions, where non-face-to-face treatment was previously prohibited in principle.

Chairman Joo said, “Currently, the places where treatment disruptions are occurring are teaching hospitals, including tertiary general hospitals that focus on treating serious and emergency patients,” and added, “However, we plan to solve this problem through non-face-to-face treatment, which cannot even be applied to serious and emergency patients.” “Is this logically correct?” he asked.

Park Min-soo, Second Vice Minister of Health and Welfare, also refuted the statement in the briefing that day that the order to commence work was a legal measure because residents cannot refuse treatment without justifiable reasons.

Chairman Joo argued, “They just submitted a letter of resignation and quit their job, and the residents have never refused treatment. How can a doctor who is not working at a medical institution refuse treatment?”

According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, as of the night before, 8,897 people, or about 78.5% of residents at 94 major hospitals, had submitted resignation letters. Their resignation letters were not accepted.

Korean Medical Association emergency committee briefing

Korean Medical Association emergency committee briefing

Regarding the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s explanation that the number of medical treatments per doctor per year in Korea is 6,113, the highest in the world, Chairman Joo said, “The reason why Korean doctors work more than three times the average in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is because they are 70% of the cost. “It is to overcome low prices that are far below the OECD average and survive,” he countered.

He sarcastically said, “If the government’s desired medical system is to match the OECD average, the public will have to agree to making various health care indicators that are significantly better than the OECD average, such as waiting time for surgery and treatment mortality, at the average level.”

The emergency committee explained that the vote to be held at the expanded national representative meeting on the 25th is not to ask for or against collective action, but to ask whether the start and end of action at the emergency committee level will be decided by a vote of all members in the future.

Chairman Joo said, “At the time of completing the comprehensive action in 2020, the residents continued to fight, but at the time, the executive branch of the medical association declared the end of (the action), leading to confusion, and the residents’ trust in the medical association was broken.” He added, “In the future, we will prevent such confusion and the executive branch will “It will be a vote to ask whether the start and end of important decisions will be decided by member voting so that they cannot be made on their own,” he said.

He then urged, “The government should also listen carefully to what doctors say and take a proactive stance to avoid reaching a dead end and making such a decision.”

Public discussions and TV appearances by the Korean Medical Association’s Emergency Committee and the Ministry of Health and Welfare were criticized as ‘justification building’ and ‘shows’.

Chairman Joo said, “There is a debate today between Emergency Committee Chairman Kim Taek-woo and the Vice Minister of Health and Welfare, and the Minister of Health and Welfare will appear on a news program tomorrow. This is to build a justification, and I do not think there will be another discussion with the government in the future.”

At the same time, he said, “By having a separate minister come out, it seems like we will show that we have done enough,” and added, “We do not want the public to experience inconvenience. This means that we will try harder (through discussions, etc.) because the public needs to know this.” He added.

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