South Korea adopts more conciliatory stance on decision to raise medical quotas

Medical School Admission Policy: Open to Change Amid Ongoing Doctor’s Strike in Korea”.

The Korean Minister of Internal Affairs has announced that the government is open to changing its medical school admission policy if a better proposal is presented. This statement was made by Interior Minister Lee Sang-min during a government response meeting, amid ongoing conflicts with the medical community. The minister emphasized that government policies are always open to change if better opinions with strong rationale are provided.

The strike by intern doctors, which has been ongoing since February 20, has had a significant impact on the healthcare system in Korea. More than 90% of the country’s intern doctors have been on strike, protesting the government’s plan to increase medical school admission quotas by 2,000. This initiative aims to address the aging population and increase the number of healthcare professionals in vital fields. However, striking doctors argue that this move will compromise the quality of education and medical services, leading to an oversupply of doctors. They suggest that officials should focus on increasing compensation and rewards for doctors to ensure their security in the industry.

While there are no clear indications of the government reversing its decision to increase medical school enrollment targets, it remains open to negotiating with doctors to find a united and reasonable solution. Many major hospitals in South Korea have scaled back surgeries and services due to the majority of intern doctors resigning in protest since February of the previous year. The Minister urged interns to return to work and assured them that their opinions will be listened to and evaluated seriously as they continue to provide care to patients.

The ongoing dispute between the government and the medical community highlights the challenges faced by the healthcare sector in Korea and the need for collaborative solutions to ensure the continued provision of quality medical care to the public.

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