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Presidential Panel Members Call for Increasing Medical School Quotas

Presidential Panel Members Call for Increasing Medical School Quotas

SEOUL, Oct. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Public interest members of a presidential panel on social dialogue on Tuesday issued written advice calling for increasing quotas at local medical schools starting in 2022. In the controversial recommendation, Seoul National University professor Kim Yoon and five other public interest members of the Economic, Social & Labor Council’s [...]

Hospitals in Scaled Down Mode as Trainee Doctors Slow to Return to Work

Hospitals in Scaled Down Mode as Trainee Doctors Slow to Return to Work

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s major hospitals are maintaining scaled down operations, as trainee doctors have yet to return to work despite an agreement reached to end their weekslong strike, medical sources said Saturday. Large university hospitals have reduced treatments and surgeries and have restricted the number of patients they admit, as [...]

Striking Doctors to Join Coronavirus-related Medical Services

Striking Doctors to Join Coronavirus-related Medical Services

SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — An association of trainee doctors across South Korea agreed Sunday to participate in medical services to respond to COVID-19, a decision made in its leaders’ meeting with Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun, according to Chung’s office. Interns and residents have gone on strike to protest the government’s medical workforce reform [...]

Despite Virus Spread, Doctors Stage Strike over Plan to Increase Medical Students

Despite Virus Spread, Doctors Stage Strike over Plan to Increase Medical Students

SEOUL, Aug. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Thousands of trainee doctors in South Korea went on strike Friday to protest the government’s plan to increase the number of medical students, drawing public criticism amid fears of nationwide spread of the new coronavirus. Trainee doctors have staged a limited strike since early this month after the government [...]

No Major Service Disruption Reported Despite Trainee Doctors’ Strike

No Major Service Disruption Reported Despite Trainee Doctors’ Strike

SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Trainee doctors at hospitals on Friday launched a one-day strike in protest of the government’s medical workforce reform plan, but there was no major disruptions reported as hospitals mobilized alternative health workers. The Korean Intern Resident Association (KIRA), a group of interns and resident doctors, began the 24-hour walkout [...]