After the Lunar New Year holiday, discussions among medical groups opposing the expansion of medical school seats are underway in earnest. The meeting that residents started online last night (the 12th) ended only this morning. Residents have not disclosed the results of this meeting, but as many residents in some regions have announced that they will participate in collective action, attention is focused on whether a large-scale medical strike will actually occur.
Medical reporter Yoo Seung-hyun reports.
Residents, also known as interns and residents, are important personnel in the emergency room, operating room, and intensive care unit.
Because they are in charge of medical treatment related to the lives of patients, they are the main force behind the strike as a medical group, but they are the group that the government pays the most attention to.
Even during the Moon Jae-in administration in 2020, 80% of majors participated in the strike, which was the decisive reason for the government to back down.
Starting at 9 o'clock last night, representatives of these medical resident associations held an online extraordinary general meeting to discuss the direction of action.
As a result of an earlier survey of 10,000 medical residents, more than 88% expressed their intention to participate, giving weight to the possibility of taking collective action.
Four of the so-called 'Big Five' university hospitals in the Seoul area have also decided to participate in a general strike, and there is a strong atmosphere that some hospital interns are willing to give up their residency training if they are not allowed to submit their resignations as a group.
The Korean Medical Association, which has switched to a non-commissioned system, is also planning to hold protest rallies across the country on the 15th, and it seems inevitable that a medical gap will become a reality if treatment is shortened.
[Taekwoo Kim/Chairman of the Emergency Response Committee of the Korean Medical Association (the day before yesterday): We are accelerating the overall composition of the (Emergency Committee) and plan to proceed with a follow-up roadmap while observing the results of the Resident Council meeting.]
There are strong statements criticizing the government in the medical community. It also continued.
Former Chairman of the Korean Medical Association Noh Hwan-gyu claimed through social media that the government could not defeat doctors, saying, "We pushed the wrong medical policy in a very wrong way," and former Chairman Joo Su-ho said that the petty act of intimidating doctors should be stopped immediately.
(Video coverage: Cho Chang-hyun and Ha-ryung, video editing: So Ji-hye, design: Kim Jeong-eun)