September 08, 2020 08:53
Thousands of doctors returned to work early Tuesday morning after calling off a strike.
Despite a deal reached by the Korean Medical Association and the Korean Intern and Resident Association last week in a closed-door meeting, many trainee doctors continued to protest against the government's medical reform plans, including an increase of student quotas at medical schools.
They said they cannot agree to the deal, which was abruptly made behind closed doors without reflecting their requests.
They agreed to return to work for now to deal with the coronavirus epidemic but warned they will strike again unless the government comes up with a way for students refusing to take Tuesday's medical licensing exam to take it later.
Nearly 90 percent of trainee doctors boycotted the test to force the government to abandon its plans. For now the government says this is too bad since it will not let them sit the test at another time. But that position is untenable since it would lead to a huge shortage of interns next year.
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