In the 8 o'clock news on the last day of the Lunar New Year holiday, we will first look at the movements of medical groups opposing the policy to expand medical school seats. The Korean Residents' Association, a group of interns and residents at large hospitals across the country, will hold an extraordinary general meeting shortly to discuss the future direction of action. While the Medical Association announced that it will hold a rally across the country this Thursday, voices condemning government policies are continuing in the medical community.

Medical reporter Yoo Seung-hyeon will deliver the first news today (12th).


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.

Shortly thereafter, starting at 9 p.m., representatives of these medical specialty associations will hold an online extraordinary general meeting to decide on the future course of action.

As a result of a previous 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 demonstrations across the country on the 15th, and if treatment is shortened, it seems inevitable that a medical gap will become a reality.

[Taekwoo Kim/Chairman of the Emergency Response Committee of the Korean Medical Association (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-hyeon and Ha Ryung, video editing: So Ji-hye, design: Kim Jeong-eun)