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New interns are also giving up their appointments one after another… Patients flock to small and medium-sized hospitals

Hospital “overload of remaining medical staff imminent”… Health care raised to ‘serious level’

Emergency room patient treatment restrictions notice

Emergency room patient treatment restrictions notice

(National Comprehensive = Larose.VIP) Disruptions in treatment at large hospitals are worsening as residents who protested against the government’s policy to expand the number of medical school students have left the hospital for the fourth day.

Hospitals are nervous that the damage to patients may increase as ’emergency room hit-and-runs’ occur every day, with emergency patients running from hospital to hospital unable to find a hospital to receive treatment.

There are concerns that medical staff at secondary hospitals will also be overloaded as patients who cannot receive treatment at large hospitals head to nearby general hospitals.

Patient climbing into ambulance for power

Patient climbing into ambulance for power

◇ Increasing patient discomfort… Concerns about serial medical crisis at secondary hospital

On the morning of the 23rd, a guardian in his 50s had to stamp his feet when he visited the emergency room of a university hospital in Daejeon due to his son’s lung disease.

This is because the hospital informed me that I had to wait because there were no doctors for emergency thoracic surgery treatment.

This guardian cried, saying, “I never thought that the aftermath of my major’s departure, which I only saw on the news, would have such a direct impact on me. They told me I had to wait, so I’m just waiting.”

There were also cases where patients had to travel to Daejeon for treatment because they could not receive treatment in the South Chungcheong region.

Ms. Jo, in her 50s, who visited Daejeon Yuseongseon Hospital, explained the situation, saying, “I live in South Chungcheong Province, and my mother-in-law suddenly complained of dizziness and fell. After calling the hospital all morning, we finally brought her to Daejeon.”

Due to the departure of medical residents from their workplaces, most general hospitals across the country are operating at reduced capacity, focusing on seriously ill and emergency patients.

At Suwon Ajou University Hospital, where many of the 225 residents submitted resignation letters, new outpatient treatment in major departments such as orthopedics is completely impossible.

Inha University Hospital and Chonbuk National University Hospital are also recommending that patients with mild symptoms who had been scheduled for surgery in some departments postpone the surgery from the scheduled date.

An official at Inha University Hospital explained, “We are announcing that we are apologizing to patients and visitors as it is expected that some disruption in treatment will occur due to the temporary absence of residents.”

As chaos continues at tertiary hospitals, patients are flocking to small and medium-sized hospitals (secondary hospitals), and the number of patients visiting secondary hospitals is increasing more than usual.

An official at a general hospital in Busan said, “We are receiving several inquiries a day about inpatient treatment at a nearby university hospital,” and added, “Regular treatment such as hemodialysis for heart failure patients or monitoring of prognosis is required if symptoms are present. “There is,” he said.

He continued, “As the situation is severe, it is difficult because we do not have the resources, but otherwise, we will try to accommodate it as much as possible.”

At a general hospital in Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju, the number of visitors doubled from an average of 200 per day on the 21st.

An official at a general hospital in Gwangju explained, “Discharged patients and their guardians who feel that they have not received sufficient treatment at higher-level medical institutions (due to the resident situation) may want to come to a secondary hospital.”

hospital emergency room

hospital emergency room

◇ Hit and run to the emergency room… General Hospital: “Professors will soon get tired”

As emergency rooms are saturated due to the absence of medical residents, there are a series of cases where ambulance transport of emergency patients to hospitals is delayed.

According to the Daejeon Fire Department, since the 20th, when residents left the hospital, there have been five cases of delayed ambulance transfers in Daejeon alone.

At around 10 p.m. the previous day, a paramedic called eight general hospitals in the Daejeon area to ask if they could transport a patient in his 20s suffering from mental illness, but all were rejected due to the absence of medical staff and the inability to receive treatment or connect.

In Busan, it is also difficult to find an emergency room that can provide treatment compared to usual.

Normally, when transporting an emergency patient, the firefighters in the ambulance and the emergency situation management center check which emergency room can accommodate them, but the Busan Fire and Disaster Headquarters explained that the number of times firefighters are making inquiries about hospitals has increased.

An official at the Busan Fire and Disaster Headquarters said, “The number of calls from the fire department to the emergency room has increased significantly compared to before the mass resignation of medical residents. However, there have been no ‘hit and run’ cases yet, such as people being refused treatment in front of the emergency room.”

The government raised the health and medical disaster crisis alert to ‘serious’ on this day as residents continued to leave their jobs.

This is because the struggles of not only patients but also the medical staff who protect the scene are deepening in order to fill the gap of residents, such as by putting specialists on duty in emergency rooms.

At Chungbuk National University Hospital, seven specialists (excluding emergency pediatrics) are on duty in turns every three days.

It was operated with one specialist and seven residents on duty, but the residents left the hospital.

An official at Chungbuk National University Hospital said, “It has not yet reached the point where we cannot receive emergency patients, but if the situation continues for a long time, overload is bound to occur.”

An official at Chonbuk National University Hospital also said, “Outpatient treatment and surgery are usually the roles of professors, but it was the residents’ job to make rounds in the ward and order prescriptions or provide treatment.” He added, “Professors are on duty more frequently, and even simple procedures are performed by professors.” “If (this situation) continues for a long time, all medical staff will inevitably become exhausted,” he said.

Gangwon Provincial Medical Association holds a resolution meeting to condemn the increase in medical school quota

Gangwon Provincial Medical Association holds a resolution meeting to condemn the increase in medical school quota

◇ New interns are submitting employment waiver forms one after another… Voices still ‘oppose garden expansion’

The government is putting pressure on residents who have not returned to work despite orders to resume work, citing the principle of ‘suspension of medical licenses’ or ‘detainment and investigation’ of those instigators of collective action, but opposing voices are not decreasing at all.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare determined that 8,897 people, or about 78.5% of residents, at 94 major hospitals had submitted resignation letters as of 10 p.m. the previous day.

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

There are also cases of trainees who graduated from medical school this year and are joining hospitals as interns for the first time and are giving up their appointments.

According to Chonnam National University Hospital, it was confirmed that 86 of the 101 trainees who were scheduled to join the hospital as interns starting in March submitted a letter of resignation in response to the resignation of residents.

At Chosun University Hospital, all 36 new interns submitted a resignation letter.

At Chungbuk National University Hospital, all 35 interns scheduled to join the company submitted a resignation letter, and at Jeju National University Hospital, 7 out of 22 interns scheduled to join the company submitted a resignation letter.

The hospital estimates that they gave up their path to becoming a medical resident as a sign of opposition to the expansion of medical school admissions.

As most residents resigned and left the hospital in opposition to the increase in the number of doctors, there was some speculation that blood transfusions for new interns would give the hospital some breathing room. However, there are concerns that the situation will worsen if interns join the procession of giving up their appointments. .

Dozens of members of the Gangwon Provincial Medical Association staged a funeral with candles in front of the Gangwon Provincial Office the previous evening, saying, “Medical services are in crisis due to the government’s enforcement of unfair policies.”

They raised their voices, saying, “In a situation where the quality and safety of medical services are declining, we must stop enforcing unilateral policies for the safety of patients.”

(Reporters Park Young-seo, Kim Sol, Park Seong-je, Kim Sang-yeon, Cheon Gyeong-hwan, Baek Na-yong, Park Joo-young, Kim Yong-min, Park Cheol-hong, Park Jeong-heon, Jeong Hoe-seong, Kang Tae-hyun, Jang Ji-hyun, Na Bo-bae)


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