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The workload is increasing due to the influx of patients who have been ‘rejected’ from large hospitals.

Patients and guardians are upset after barely finding the hospital due to a ‘hit-and-run’ situation

Patient arriving at hospital in ambulance

Patient arriving at hospital in ambulance

(Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporter Kim Jeong-jin and Lee Mi-ryeong = “I don’t think this is really true. Patients’ lives should come first.”

On the afternoon of the 23rd, Mr. Park (45), whom I met in front of the intensive care unit of Seoul Medical Center in Jungnang-gu, Seoul, a public hospital, burst into anger.

An acquaintance whom I treated like my own mother was taken by ambulance due to sudden organ bleeding on the 21st, but the university hospital refused to admit her.

The patient eventually survived the day with medication prescribed by a private hospital, but eventually lost consciousness and collapsed early in the morning the next day.

Mr. Park said, “The stomach ulcer was so severe that it was bleeding and my kidneys were so bad that I was receiving dialysis, but I was refused hospitalization. I thought it would be better to get treatment at a university hospital, so I tried to go there, but I had no choice but to come here (Seoul Medical Center). “I came here,” he said.

He then raised his voice, saying, “If it had been a little later, he would have died on the spot. There will be more than one person today or tomorrow, so is this asking people to die?”

University hospital crowded with patients

University hospital crowded with patients

Due to the mass resignation of residents who protested against the government’s decision to increase the number of medical schools, treatment at large hospitals has been disrupted, and the number of patients turning to public hospitals and medium-sized hospitals is increasing.

Due to the influx of outpatients and inpatients who have been pushed out of tertiary hospitals, the workload on the hospital’s medical staff is increasing day by day.

A general hospital in Gangnam-gu, where some residents are leaving the medical field and specialists are filling the vacancies, also had to deal with patients flooding in from nearby high-level general hospitals, such as Samsung Seoul Hospital, and there were quite a few concerns.

An official at this hospital said, “The professor can’t go into the operating room alone, and there are some things the nurses can’t do on his behalf, so two specialists are going in. My surgery is difficult, so I’m in a situation where I have to be on duty.”

He continued, “There are a lot of patients, mainly surgical patients, who say they have been delayed for treatment or surgery. It is true that the surgical professors are absorbing such work, but there is a workload,” and “There are no (major) setbacks at the moment, but the situation is improving.” “I’m very worried that it will be prolonged,” he added.

At the entrances of emergency medical centers in public hospitals and medium-sized hospitals, signs asking for understanding for the confusion caused by the resident strike were posted.

On this day, at the entrance to the emergency medical center at the Seoul Medical Center, a sign read, “Emergency treatment is in progress. We ask for your understanding as the waiting time will be longer.” At Sahmyook Seoul Hospital in Dongdaemun-gu, a sign was posted to the effect, “There is confusion and delays in treatment due to the hospital resident’s strike.” There was a notice attached.

Mr. Yoon, a paramedic whom we met in front of the emergency medical center at Sahmyook Seoul Hospital, said, “(After the mass resignation of residents), most hospitals say they are having difficulty accepting patients due to a shortage of doctors. We also heard that two general hospitals in Nowon-gu cannot accept patients, so we are here.” “I came all the way to (Sahmyook Seoul Hospital),” he said.

An official at this hospital’s in-hospital pharmacy said, “It seems like the number of hospitalized patients has definitely increased (after the mass resignation of residents),” and “Even today, people who used to go to Severance Hospital or Konkuk University Hospital came to get medicine, but people came here because they couldn’t get treatment at large hospitals. “It’s increasing,” he said.

‘Emergency treatment in progress’ sign posted at the entrance of the Seoul Medical Center Emergency Medical Center

‘Emergency treatment in progress’ sign posted at the entrance of the Seoul Medical Center Emergency Medical Center

Patients and their guardians could not hide their bewilderment when they were told at a small and medium-sized hospital (secondary hospital), ‘Go to a tertiary hospital (tertiary hospital) because the condition is serious’, and at a tertiary hospital, they were told ‘we cannot accept the patient’.

A man who said that his 80-year-old mother-in-law was out of breath and unable to walk said, “The lung CT scan showed that the situation had gotten so bad that I needed to be admitted to a high-level hospital as soon as possible. I went to Seoul National University Hospital the day before yesterday, but there was no room. “They said the test might not be possible,” he said, sighing, “I ended up returning home and barely surviving with the medicine prescribed by the secondary hospital.”

He raised his voice, saying, “I don’t know if I will be hospitalized within the next month, and there is no guarantee. If you have learned the Hippocratic spirit of prioritizing the patient’s health and life, shouldn’t you at least fight the government by putting the patient’s life as collateral?”

Mr. Oh (36), who came to the hospital with his mother who suddenly showed signs of a stroke, said that he ended up at Sahmyook Seoul Hospital after making so-called ‘hit and run’ calls to various hospitals.

He said, “Yesterday, my mother suddenly became slurred and couldn’t control herself like a drunk person, so I called several places, including Korea University Hospital, and asked if she could be hospitalized, but she said it would be difficult because of the strike.” He added, “I was in a hurry, so I went to the primary hospital, but I tried going to a bigger hospital. “I finally came here,” he said.

He said, “My younger brother is also a doctor, but he is not participating in the strike. I don’t know why he is opposed to increasing the number of medical schools. I bitterly told my younger brother to act responsibly with a sense of duty to save lives.”

[그래픽]  Trends in collective action among residents and medical students protesting the increase in medical schools

[그래픽] Trends in collective action among residents and medical students protesting the increase in medical schools

As the mass resignation of residents enters its fourth day today, major hospitals are reducing surgeries by up to 50%, deepening the medical gap.

According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare on the 23rd, a total of 7,038 residents have received orders to begin work. The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced on this day that 5,976 of them had received confirmation of failure to return to work from their affiliated training hospitals.

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