Ex-Justice Minister's Daughter Secures Job at KEPCO Hospital

      February 05, 2021 12:44

      Cho Kuk (left) and Chung Kyung-shim

      Fly-by-night justice minister Cho Kuk's daughter has secured a job at Hanil General Hospital, which is owned by state utility KEPCO.

      The hospital recruited three interns earlier this year who were chosen based on their academic records and an interview. It did not reveal their identities, but the Chosun Ilbo has learned that Cho Min was among them.

      Her selection is controversial since her mother has been convicted of cheating on Cho Min's medical-school admission.

      Cho Min also applied last month for an internship at the state-run National Medical Center, but failed.

      It appears that Cho Min applied only to state-run hospitals where her father’s connections could help.

      The head of the NMC is known as a political ally of President Moon Jae-in, who went out of his way to promote Cho Kuk to justice minister despite an escalating corruption scandal and did his best to shield him from the fallout. It is not known why Moon made such efforts for Cho Kuk.

      KEPCO for its part spent W1.6 trillion to build a university at Moon's behest (US$1=W1,118).

      Activists protest against the award of Cho Min's doctor's license, in front of Cheong Wa Dae on Jan. 18. /Yonhap

      Some doctors' groups have protested against the award of Cho Min's doctor's license after a court recently found her mother guilty of forging documents to help her gain admission to Pusan National University's medical school. The school has already said it will not annul her license until the Supreme Count makes any final decision.

      Im Hyun-taik, the head of the Korean Pediatric Society, sent a letter to Hanil General Hospital on Wednesday asking it to reject Cho's application.

      "If Cho is hired as an intern even though she gained admission to medical school by illicit means, an unqualified doctor would end up treating patients and risk their lives."

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