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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 [...]

Gov’t Mulls Changes to Medical House Call Program

Gov’t Mulls Changes to Medical House Call Program

SEOUL, Sept. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – Discussions on the promotion of house calls, in which doctors at local hospitals visit elderly people or patients with severe diseases, are not easily concluded. The Health Insurance Policy Deliberative Committee received a report from the Ministry of Health and Welfare last Wednesday on how to promote the internalization [...]

Doctors and Patients At Odds over Operating Room Surveillance Cameras

Doctors and Patients At Odds over Operating Room Surveillance Cameras

SEOUL, Jun. 10 (Korea Bizwire) – Doctors and patients are locked in a fierce debate over the issue of installing closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) in operating rooms. A petition on the Blue House website posted by the family of the late Kwon Dae-hee, a patient who died during surgery due to blood loss, has requested the [...]

Half of S. Korean Doctors Suffer from Traumatic Disorders Based on Residency Stress

Half of S. Korean Doctors Suffer from Traumatic Disorders Based on Residency Stress

SEOUL, Mar. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Almost half of all doctors in South Korea were found to be suffering from traumatic disorders due to the excessive amount of stress they typically receive from overwork and a lack of sleep during their residency years. InterMD, an information sharing platform for doctors, conducted an online survey of [...]