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At 94 hospitals, 8,897 residents resigned and 7,863 left their jobs… Slight increase in participants

“Non-face-to-face treatment until collective action ends”… Any hospital you want, starting from the ‘first visit’

“I am deeply concerned about the elitism of medical groups… No one can reign over the people and the law.”

Patients 'worried and anxious' due to resident's resignation and absenteeism

Patients ‘worried and anxious’ due to resident’s resignation and absenteeism

(Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporter Seongho Seong = As the government continued to submit resignation letters as a group of residents opposing the increase in medical school admissions, the government raised the health care disaster alert level to the highest level and fully allowed non-face-to-face treatment until the collective action of doctors was completed. I did it.

As of 8 a.m. on this day, the government raised the health and medical disaster alert level from ‘alert’ to the highest level, ‘serious’, and established the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters (Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters) following the Central Accident Control Headquarters (Heavy Duty Headquarters). . This is the first time that the disaster warning has been raised to ‘severe’ due to a health care crisis rather than an infectious disease such as COVID-19.

The head of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters is the Prime Minister, the first deputy chief is the Minister of Health and Welfare, and the second deputy chief is the Minister of Public Administration and Security.

Park Min-soo, the second vice minister of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, said in a briefing that day, “Doctors’ collective refusal to receive treatment or the serious deterioration of public opinion at home and abroad regarding the crisis are the reasons for the upgrade to the manual.” “It is around ∼40%, but since the number of residents who have left the field now exceeds 70%, we judged it to be a significant crisis,” he explained.

He continued, “(With the upgrade), the pan-ministry all-out response system has been further strengthened, and we expect that cooperation between ministries will occur more organically.”

Following discussions at the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters, the government decided to fully allow non-face-to-face medical treatment from this day until the end of the doctors’ collective action.

Accordingly, non-face-to-face treatment can be provided at any medical institution, such as a clinic or hospital, of your choice.

Prime Minister Han Deok-soo's remarks regarding residents' return to work

Prime Minister Han Deok-soo’s remarks regarding residents’ return to work

The plan is to address the increasing demand for outpatient treatment at local hospitals and clinics through non-face-to-face treatment by encouraging serious and emergency patients to be treated at tertiary general hospitals and the rest at secondary hospitals and clinics.

Vice Minister Park said, “Except for matters related to patient safety, such as restricted prescription drugs, all restrictions on non-face-to-face treatment, such as ‘no more than two treatments per month per patient at the same medical institution,’ have been lifted.” He added, “I don’t know how much private practitioners will participate in non-face-to-face treatment, but hospital-level medical institutions “Because it is possible to do this, we expect that hospital-level institutions that provide a lot of outpatient treatment for mild cases will fully participate,” he said.

In addition, the government plans to establish additional emergency treatment measures to prepare for prolonged medical treatment gaps and to quickly prepare administrative and financial support measures.

According to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters, as of 10 p.m. the previous day, 8,897 people, or about 78.5% of the residents at 94 major hospitals, had submitted resignation letters. Their resignation letters were not accepted.

The number of residents who left their workplace after submitting their resignation was confirmed to be 7,863, or 69.4%.

This is a count of 100 hospitals that the Ministry of Health and Welfare had previously counted, excluding 6 that submitted inadequate data.

For this reason, the figure itself decreased from the previous day’s tally by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, which showed that 9,275 people (as of 10 p.m. on the 21st) submitted resignation letters and 8,024 people left their workplace.

However, the Ministry of Health and Welfare explains that in reality, as the number of hospitals being counted has decreased, the number of resident resignations can be seen to have increased slightly.

As of 6 p.m. on the 22nd, a total of 40 new damage cases were reported to the Doctors’ Collective Action Damage Reporting and Support Center.

There were 27 cases of delayed surgery, 6 cases of refusal of treatment, 4 cases of cancellation of medical appointments, and 3 cases of delayed hospitalization.

Combined with the 149 cases previously reported, a total of 189 cases of patient damage have been reported so far.

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The Ministry of Health and Welfare also held a regular briefing on this day, refuting the claims of medical groups and emphasizing the need to increase the number of medical schools.

According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the workload per doctor is the highest in Korea due to a shortage of doctors.

As of 2021, the annual number of medical treatments per doctor in Korea is 6,113, which is more than three times the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) average (1,788 cases) and 1.4 times more than Japan (4,288 cases).

The Ministry of Health and Welfare explains that although the workload is high, the working hours of doctors are decreasing, with the weekly working hours of residents decreasing from 92.4 hours in 2015 to 77.7 hours in 2022, so more doctors are needed.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare emphasized that the aging of doctors is also a reason why it is necessary to expand the number of doctors.

The Emergency Response Committee of the Korean Medical Association (KMA) claimed in a briefing the previous day, “There is no set retirement age for doctors, so the aging of doctors is not a problem,” but the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s position is that this is not true.

According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, as of 2022, most of the 8,485 doctors aged 70 or older, or 78.5%, are working in clinics or nursing hospitals, and the proportion of working at hospital-level or higher medical institutions responsible for treating seriously ill patients is 18.5%.

Vice Minister Park said, “Aging is a consideration that applies equally when estimating the supply of not only doctors but all occupations,” and added, “Aging must be taken into consideration when estimating the supply of doctors.”

Regarding the radical comments made by medical groups every day, he criticized, “These are comments that are very far from the public sentiment and show the perception that ‘doctors are above the people.'”

He emphasized, “We express deep concern and regret over the elitism and sense of privilege of medical groups,” and added, “Please keep in mind that medical groups cannot rule over the people or the law above anyone in the Republic of Korea.”

Doctors gathered to oppose expansion of medical schools

Doctors gathered to oppose expansion of medical schools

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