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The increase in withdrawal is slowing, and some majors are returning to the field.

Whether collective action will continue depends on the decision of a ‘full-time doctor’ to fill the position of a resident.

Professors are also ‘agitated’… Professors at Seoul National University say, “If there is no government action, we will take action together.”

Collective action in the medical field, such as resident resignation

Collective action in the medical field, such as resident resignation

(Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporter Seong Seong-ho = The full-scale ‘leaving of hospitals’ by medical residents continued for four days on the 23rd, but the increase is slowing down as the majority have already resigned.

Considering the movement of some residents to return, it may be seen that the momentum of collective action will stagnate, but if ‘full-time doctors’ or professors who are filling the vacant positions of residents move, collective action may intensify.

Prime Minister Han Deok-soo said at a meeting of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters held at the Seoul Government Complex this morning, “As of the 22nd, as a result of inspecting hospitals with the highest number of residents, a total of 8,900 residents submitted letters of resignation, and 7,800 of them resigned.” “I left this place of work,” he said.

There are a total of 94 hospitals subject to inspection mentioned by Prime Minister Han. Among the 100 hospitals that the Ministry of Health and Welfare had previously counted, six hospitals that submitted inadequate data were excluded.

The numbers are down from the previous day’s tally by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, which reported that 9,275 people submitted their resignations and 8,024 people left their workplace.

As the number of hospitals being counted has decreased, the number of resident resignations can be seen to have increased, but the government has determined that some of the residents who left hospitals have returned.

Patients transferred and discharged due to group departure of residents

Patients transferred and discharged due to group departure of residents

Although the departure of residents is no longer widespread, the ‘participation’ in collective action by full-time doctors, fourth-year residents, professors, etc. is likely to determine the direction of the situation in the future.

Full-time doctors are doctors who, after completing their residency program, obtain specialist qualifications and remain at the hospital to learn their specific specialty.

On the 20th of this month, the Korean Medical Association (KMA) released a statement from clinical instructors and full-time doctors working or scheduled to work at 82 teaching hospitals across the country. Clinical instructors are doctors who work on a contract basis before being officially hired as professors.

In their statement, they said, “We cannot continue practicing medicine in the current situation, where all sincere suggestions on medical policy are ignored and doctors are denounced as a force that threatens the people.” This suggests that people may participate in the collective action to leave the hospital.

These full-time doctors, clinical instructors, and professors are currently in charge of outpatient treatment, surgery, inpatient management, and night duty, filling the ‘medical gap’ caused by the departure of residents.

A significant number of fourth-year residents (residents) who are scheduled to end their training at the end of this month remain at the hospital to continue their training, but it is unclear whether they will remain at the hospital beyond the end of this month.

Fourth-year residents can contribute to collective action by leaving the hospital after their employment contract ends at the end of this month, rather than submitting a resignation letter.

Moreover, even professors, the last ‘bastion’ of tertiary general hospitals, show signs of being shaken.

The Emergency Response Committee, formed by professors from Seoul National University College of Medicine and Seoul National University Hospital, said on this day, “This weekend is the golden time for the (medical crisis) situation,” and told the government, “If residents do not take acceptable measures, we will take action with them.” He said.

At the same time, he announced his plan, saying, “We will expand and reorganize the active emergency committee on a nationwide basis and move together with the emergency committees of advanced general hospitals being formed nationwide.”

An official from the ‘Big 5’ hospitals said, “There is no concrete information on the movements of full-time doctors or professors yet, but it is true that the atmosphere is unusual.” He added, “If these people leave, the vacuum in work will be larger, so we have no choice but to operate with a further reduction in surgery and treatment.” “I was concerned.

soho@yna.co.kr

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