South Korea to withdraw plan to suspend striking doctors’ licenses

South Korea to withdraw plan to suspend striking doctors’ licenses
South Korea to withdraw plan to suspend striking doctors’ licenses

The government of South Korea has announced that it will withdraw a previous plan to suspend the licenses of striking doctors.

Thousands of doctors in training They went on strike in February to protest against the government’s plan to increase the number of members. It was not immediately clear how many would return to work following the latest announcement.

Health Minister Cho Kyoo-Hong said the government has decided not to suspend the strikers’ licensesregardless of whether or not they return to their hospitals. He said the decision is intended alleviate the shortage of doctors who care for emergency patients.

The government had withdrawn its plan to suspend the licenses of doctors who returned to their hospitals, but he did not do it with those who were still out of work.

Authorities have said they want to recruit up to 10,000 doctors by 2035 to deal with the rapid aging of the country’s population and the shortage of doctors in rural areas and in low-paid but essential specialties, such as pediatrics and emergency services.

Doctors say that the faculties They are not prepared to manage a sudden increase in students and that would ultimately undermine the country’s medical services.

But critics argue that doctors, One of the highest paying jobs in South KoreaThey are particularly concerned that having more doctors will reduce their income.

Although The doctors on strike are a fraction of all doctors in the countryin some hospitals they represent between 30% and 40% and have caused cancellations of surgeries and other care.

 
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