The Korean Medical Association, which has 130000 members, announced a collective strike on the 14th because of dissatisfaction with the government’s plans to expand the enrollment of medical schools, Yonhap reported. This (13) morning, South Korea’s minister of welfare Park Linghou will make a statement on this.
novel coronavirus pneumonia has exposed the problem of insufficient professional health care workers in Korea. In July this year, the South Korean government announced a plan to increase the enrollment of medical schools by 4000 and establish a new public medical school in the next 10 years starting from the 2022 academic year, which unexpectedly triggered strong opposition from the medical community. < p > < p > on August 7, the 16000 member Korean intern association first went on strike and held a protest, with about 6000 participants. They believe that South Korea is well staffed and needs to increase salaries. Increasing the number of doctors will only lead to more competition among doctors, but will not help to alleviate the gap between medical infrastructure in different regions. In addition to the intern Association, the Korean Medical Association also announced a strike on the 14th. At that time, most community hospitals in South Korea will be closed except for the emergency room, critical care unit, dialysis room and delivery room, and other professional doctors, outpatient doctors, clinical lecturers and medical professors who have received the request will also participate in the strike. The diagnosis and treatment of patients will face serious problems. In response to the strike announced by the two major medical associations, park Ling Hou, the head of the Ministry of health and welfare of South Korea, said on the 6th that the expansion of medical college enrollment was an “inevitable” decision for the national and national security, and promised that the government would consult with the medical sector on specific matters such as training and distribution of expanded talents. He said that in the context of the spread of the new epidemic, the medical community’s collective action may seriously threaten national security. He called on the medical community to avoid collective action and solve the problem through dialogue and consultation. If the medical community takes collective action and causes innocent patients to suffer, the government will take a stern response. (Liu Qiang)