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Patients With Severe Illnesses in South Korea Demand Doctors End Strike

Patients With Severe Illnesses in South Korea Demand Doctors End Strike

SEOUL, Jun. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – Patients with severe illnesses, including cancer, gathered in front of Seoul National University Hospital on June 12 to urge doctors to immediately call off their planned indefinite strike starting on June 17, with some groups considering filing lawsuits against the striking physicians.  At a news conference, the Korean Alliance for [...]

Gov’t Vows Stern Response to Illegal Acts ahead of Doctors’ Collective Action

Gov’t Vows Stern Response to Illegal Acts ahead of Doctors’ Collective Action

SEOUL, Jun. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Any illegal acts related to the collective action by doctors will be dealt with sternly, the government said Thursday, as medical professors and community doctors plan to stage walkouts in protest against the medical school quota hike. The Korea Medical Association (KMA), the biggest doctors’ group, plans a one-day [...]

Trainee Doctors Seen as Lukewarm as Gov’t Allows Them to Return to Hospitals without Legal Burdens

Trainee Doctors Seen as Lukewarm as Gov’t Allows Them to Return to Hospitals without Legal Burdens

SEOUL, Jun. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — Trainee doctors who left their worksites for months in protest of the government’s medical reform were seen as mostly lukewarm to plans by the government to allow them to seek other career paths or return to hospitals without legal burdens, according to some junior doctors Wednesday. In an apparent [...]

Health Ministry Pledges More Support for Trainee Doctors amid Protracted Walkout

Health Ministry Pledges More Support for Trainee Doctors amid Protracted Walkout

SEOUL, May 31 (Korea Bizwire) — The health ministry said Friday it will provide more financial support for trainee doctors and begin a trial operation to reduce their working hours, amid protracted walkouts prompted by a plan that boosted the number of medical students. Deputy Health Minister Jun Byung-wang told reporters that the pilot program [...]

South Korean Nurses Intensify Push for Separate Law Amid Healthcare Crisis

South Korean Nurses Intensify Push for Separate Law Amid Healthcare Crisis

SEOUL, May 29 (Korea Bizwire) – In a powerful display of their demands, around 20,000 nurses (according to organizers) gathered in front of the National Assembly in Seoul on May 23, raising their voices for the enactment of a separate nursing law. After resident doctors left hospitals in protest of the government’s plan to increase medical [...]

Gov’t Vows to Continue Efforts to Mend Discord with Medical Community

Gov’t Vows to Continue Efforts to Mend Discord with Medical Community

SEJONG, May 27 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s health ministry said Monday it plans to continue efforts to resolve the ongoing discord with doctors following the finalization of the university admission plan, which includes the controversial medical school quota hike, last week. The remark came after the Korean Council for University Education, an association of [...]

Gov’t Calls for Junior Doctors Who Left Worksites to Return to Hospitals by Monday

Gov’t Calls for Junior Doctors Who Left Worksites to Return to Hospitals by Monday

SEOUL, May 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Health Minister Cho Kyoo-hong called for junior doctors who left worksites for months to return to hospitals by Monday, while urging the medical community to resolve a protracted standoff over the government’s medical reform through dialogue. The latest appeal by Cho came as a Seoul appellate court last week [...]

Despite Court Ruling, Standoff over Med School Quota Hike to Continue amid Doctors’ Opposition

Despite Court Ruling, Standoff over Med School Quota Hike to Continue amid Doctors’ Opposition

SEOUL, May 17 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent court ruling against striking doctors will likely accelerate the government’s push to markedly raise medical school admissions, but doctors have vowed not to back down to continue a standoff despite deepening chaos in the health care system. On Thursday, the Seoul High Court rejected a request from [...]

Critical Court Decision Looms over Fate of Gov’t's Plan to Hike Medical School Quota

Critical Court Decision Looms over Fate of Gov’t's Plan to Hike Medical School Quota

SEOUL, May 16 (Korea Bizwire) — An appellate court in Seoul was to deliver a critical ruling Thursday that would determine the fate of the government’s highly contested plan to increase the nationwide medical school admission quota, officials said. The Seoul High Court will issue a ruling at around 5 p.m. on an injunction filed [...]