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South Korea: Junior docs’ strike escalates as senior docs submit mass resignations in assist


Senior docs and medical professors at South Korean instructing hospitals started submitting resignations on 25 March, exhibiting assist for junior docs hanging over the federal government’s plan to extend medical college locations from about 3100 to 5100 in a single yr.

With an ageing inhabitants, the bottom doctor-to-patient ratio within the developed world, and a few of the highest physician pay, the federal government’s plan to extend doctor numbers has broad public assist. In a February Gallup ballot, 76% of South Koreans backed the plan and solely 16% have been towards.

However most junior docs are fiercely opposed and have been on strike since 20 February. They argue that doctor high quality will undergo and that new docs won’t take up jobs in rural and underserved areas however will cluster in cities in excessive paid specialties like dermatology and cosmetic surgery. In addition they recommend that extra docs will result in extra pointless therapies within the largely privatised medical system.

Medical college leaders say that they have been poorly consulted when universities scrambled to outbid one another in providing new locations to the federal government. “Rising medical college admissions won’t …

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