August 21, 2020 08:29
Tens of thousands of doctors nationwide will strike again for the third time next week.
The three-day strike starting on Aug. 26 comes in protest against the government's plan to increase the quota of students admitted to medical school. The decision to down stethoscopes again came after two hours of talks with the Health Ministry on Thursday failed.
The government believes there is a shortage of practicing doctors, but the medical community says the problem is only that too many doctors are concentrated in a few lucrative fields like plastic surgery and dermatology.
Since the country is currently experiencing a resurgence of coronavirus infections, there is likely to be increased anxiety over the lack of doctors on duty.
The Korean Medical Association made it clear that it will only resume talks when the government scraps its new medical workforce program. The plan is to expand admission quotas at medical schools by 4,000 over the next 10 years starting in 2022, and to open a new public medical school.
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