Doctors threatened a strike ahead of the start of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination scheme to protest a bill making it easier to cancel medical licenses.
Trainee doctors agreed to return to work Tuesday morning after fierce internal wrangling over whether to end their 18-day strike protesting controversial medical reform plans.
Doctors’ groups reached a joint agreement Thursday, taking a step toward dialogue with the ruling Democratic Party (DP) and the government to end their strike in protest of medical reform policies.
As the ruling Democratic Party (DP) signaled a willingness to head back to the drawing board with its medical reform plans, anticipation is growing that the government and doctors may finally reach a compromise to end the trainee doctors’ strike.
The government stressed Tuesday that it already unconditionally suspended plans to expand the medical school admissions in an attempt to coax striking trainee doctors to return to their jobs.
Trainee doctors on all levels went on indefinite strike Sunday to protest the government's plan to increase medical school admissions, with concern mounting over a general doctors’ walkout this week.
Minister of Health and Welfare Park Neung-hoo Thursday urged doctors across the country not to go on strike while the coronavirus rages, stressing the government would pay closer attention to their complaints about the proposed medical reforms.