In Support of Medical Strike, Professor at Seoul National University Medical School Threatens Mass Resignation


The doctors' strike in South Korea has entered its fourth week, and even the doctors who have been steadfast in the hospitals, including some who are professors, are nearing exhaustion. The medical schools of Seoul National University and Pusan National University each held a faculty meeting on Monday, with Seoul National University issuing a final ultimatum to the South Korean government: if the issue of the doctors' strike cannot be resolved, they will collectively resign on the 18th. Currently, South Korea's medical capacity has dropped to one-tenth of its original level, and if the professors also resign, the medical crisis will further intensify.

The dean of the Pusan National University Medical School, Wu Shi-yu, warned that if the government does not engage in unconditional dialogue, takes judicial action against resident doctors, and a large number of students take a leave of absence or repeat a year, the professors will resign. He criticized the South Korean government's policy as reckless, especially the requirement for medical schools to increase their quota by 2,000 people, which he believes is unreasonable. Dean Wu Shi-yu criticized the government's medical school quota as populism. Despite the final ultimatum issued by the professor doctors, the South Korean government's attitude remains tough.

South Korea's Minister of Health and Welfare, Chao Gui-hong, expressed extreme concern about the decision of all professors at Seoul National University to resign on March 11, believing that this move poses a threat to the lives and health of patients.

In addition, it was previously reported that resident doctors on duty were maliciously attacked on the Internet. After the police investigated the doxxing incident, a suspect working at a Seoul hospital was summoned. It seems that the dispute between the South Korean medical community and the government is still ongoing.