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Doctors to Discuss Next Steps against Gov’t following One-day Strike

Doctors to Discuss Next Steps against Gov’t following One-day Strike

SEOUL, Jun. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Major groups of doctors and medical professors will gather Wednesday to discuss what to do next against the government’s medical reform plan after threatening to launch an indefinite strike next week, officials said. On Tuesday, some community doctors and medical professors affiliated with the Korea Medical Association (KMA) held [...]

Regulator Launches Probe into Major Doctors’ Group Over Walkout

Regulator Launches Probe into Major Doctors’ Group Over Walkout

SEOUL, Jun. 19 (Korea Bizwire) – The antitrust regulator launched an on-site inspection into a major lobby group for doctors Wednesday for allegedly forcing its members to join a walkout against the government’s medical reform plan, officials said. The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) sent inspectors to the office of the Korean Medical Association (KMA) in [...]

Gov’t Orders Some Striking Community Doctors to Return to Work

Gov’t Orders Some Striking Community Doctors to Return to Work

SEOUL, Jun. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Health Minister Cho Kyoo-hong said Tuesday the government ordered community doctors who joined a one-day walkout to return to work, warning that they would face legal punishment unless they comply with the order. The order came as about 4 percent of the nation’s 36,371 community hospitals, excluding dental and [...]

Some Community Doctors Set to Stage One-day Walkout

Some Community Doctors Set to Stage One-day Walkout

SEOUL, Jun. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Some community doctors were set to stage a one-day walkout Tuesday in protest of the government’s medical reform, amid growing anxiety among patients as medical professors of Seoul National University hospitals began an indefinite walkout. About 4 percent of the nation’s 36,371 community hospitals, excluding dental and Oriental medicine [...]

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 [...]