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 announced Monday it will postpone the state-run medical licensing exam by one week, as medical students plan to boycott the test amid nationwide strikes by trainee doctors.
Hundreds of doctors in training remained on strike despite the Health Ministry’s threat to take criminal action against them.
The Korean government on Wednesday ordered doctors on a nationwide strike to return to work, saying they must maintain their posts as the number of coronavirus cases trend upward.
People flock to the Seoul National University Children's Hospital in Jongno District, central Seoul, on Tuesday, a day before a three-day doctors’ strike is set to kick off Wednesday.
An association of trainee doctors agreed to participate in medical services related to Covid-19 despite being on strike to protest the government’s plans to increase medical school admissions following a meeting with the prime minister on Sunday.
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.