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“Still waiting in the emergency room because there is no thoracic surgeon”

Patients waiting for treatment at Chungnam National University Hospital

Patients waiting for treatment at Chungnam National University Hospital

(Daejeon·Cheonan=Larose.VIP) Reporter Yoo Eui-ju, Park Joo-young, and Kang Soo-hwan = “They say they have no intention of seeing treatment. I never thought that something we only saw on the news would happen to us…”

A guardian in his 50s who visited the emergency room at Eulji University Hospital in Daejeon on the morning of the 23rd was shaking his feet in anxiety.

He said, “I rushed to the hospital because of my son’s lung-related disease, but they said there was no doctor for emergency thoracic surgery, so I am waiting endlessly.” He added, “I never thought that the aftermath of the resident leaving, which I only saw on the news, would directly affect me. “He said with tears in his eyes.

As medical residents have left hospitals en masse for four days, treatment is being disrupted, with waiting times in the emergency room getting longer.

The number of new inpatients at university hospitals in the Daejeon and Chungnam regions was found to have decreased by two-thirds.

In Daejeon, 81.4% (412 people) of the residents (506 people) at five major universities and general hospitals submitted their resignations as of the previous day.

These five hospitals are home to 96% of all residents (527) in the city.

Among them, 246 residents at Chungnam National University Hospital, Konyang University Hospital, and Daejeon St. Mary’s Hospital were ordered to return to work, but it is known that most of them are not returning.

Ambulance transporting emergency patients

Ambulance transporting emergency patients

At Daejeon Eulji Hospital and Daejeon Seon Hospital, 91 residents who submitted resignation letters are still absent from their workplaces.

Chungnam National University Hospital, a 1,300-bed general hospital, is also encouraging patients with mild symptoms to be discharged and operating the operating room, focusing on high-severity diseases such as cerebrovascular disease and cancer, at a 30% reduction compared to usual.

Eulji University Hospital and Daejeon St. Mary’s Hospital are also minimizing the number of new hospitalized patients, postponing surgery schedules focusing on non-emergency treatment subjects, and canceling 30% of regular surgeries.

The number of hospitalized patients at Soonchunhyang University Cheonan Hospital and Dankook University Hospital in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province decreased by about 30% compared to usual.

In the South Chungcheong region, 257 residents are working at two university hospitals in Cheonan.

Of these, 197 people submitted letters of resignation and 191 were ordered to return to the site, but it was found that no one actually returned to both hospitals.

There are no major disruptions in new outpatient treatment, but hospitals appear to be adjusting the number of inpatients due to the burden of operating the emergency treatment system due to the departure of residents.

An official at Soonchunhyang University Cheonan Hospital said, “If this situation prolongs, the number of hospitalized patients is expected to decrease to half of the usual level.”

Residents assist professors in surgeries, make rounds in the ward as attending physicians, and provide prescriptions and treatments.

So far, there are no major setbacks as the emergency treatment system centered on specialists is in operation focusing on essential medical subjects, but there are concerns that the situation will worsen if all interns leave after their training period ends.

It is known that many interns currently working remain unable to complete the required training days.

According to the current regulations for recognition of specialist training qualifications, interns must complete at least 14 weeks of training in internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics to receive a certificate.

Shin Shin-soo, head of the Daejeon and Chungnam branch of the Health and Medical Workers’ Union, said, “I heard that waiting times in emergency rooms at university hospitals have become longer, and the number of outpatient applications has actually increased slightly because they only need to prescribe medication.” He added, “Nurses are going on vacation because there are no patients in the ward anyway. “It’s a situation where they are saying they will take a break through unpaid leave,” he said.

Patients who visited Daejeon Konyang University Hospital

Patients who visited Daejeon Konyang University Hospital

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