Doctors Start 3-Day Strike

  • By Heo Sang-woo

    August 26, 2020 11:46

    Doctors nationwide started another three-day strike Wednesday against government plans to raise the student quota at medical schools, the Korean Medical Association said Tuesday.

    The government attempted to hold last-minute talks with the KMA and the Korean Intern Resident Association on Tuesday but was unable to avert a walkout.

    A doctor holds a placard protesting against the government's plans for medical reform outside a hospital in Seoul on Tuesday. /Newsis

    The KMA opposes increasing the number of doctors by 4,000 over the next decade and opening a new public medical school. It also opposes public insurance coverage for traditional herbal medicine and expanding telemedicine without measures to ensure the safety of patients. The association demands the government scrap its plans and start talks with doctors from square one.

    Doctors in emergency rooms will not take part in the strike, but many clinics around the country will be closed. Son Young-rae, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health and Welfare, said, "We have established an emergency support system using staff at public health centers."

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