दक्षिण कोरिया ने डॉक्टरों के वाकआउट पर पहले दंडात्मक कदम में 2 वरिष्ठ डॉक्टरों के लाइसेंस निलंबित कर दिए।

दक्षिण कोरिया ने डॉक्टरों के वाकआउट पर पहले दंडात्मक कदम में 2 वरिष्ठ डॉक्टरों के लाइसेंस निलंबित कर दिए।

South Korea Suspends the Licenses of 2 Senior Doctors in First Punitive Steps Over Doctors' Walkouts

In response to doctors' walkouts, South Korea suspends licenses of two senior doctors, marking the first punitive action taken.

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  • 18, Mar, 2024
Jivika Chawla
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South Korea Suspends the Licenses of 2 Senior Doctors in First Punitive Steps Over Doctors' Walkouts

South Korean authorities have taken disciplinary action against two senior doctors for their alleged involvement in orchestrating the recent series of walkouts by medical interns and residents, which have caused disruptions in hospital operations. This move marks the government's initial punitive response to the ongoing protests.

The protests stem from the government's proposal to significantly increase admissions to medical schools, aiming to address the nation's ageing population and the shortage of medical professionals. While officials argue that the plan is vital for improving healthcare services, doctors express concerns about the feasibility of accommodating a sudden surge in student numbers, fearing it could compromise the quality of medical education and services.

Earlier, the government initiated measures to suspend the licenses of junior doctors who participated in the strikes. Additionally, the Korean Medical Association faces investigations, with five senior members accused of encouraging and supporting the strikes.

One of the accused, Park Myung-Ha, disclosed receiving a government notification regarding a three-month license suspension starting from April 15. Similar disciplinary action was reportedly imposed on Kim Taek-woo, the leader of the KMA's emergency committee.

Despite these developments, the Health Ministry refrains from confirming individual sanctions against doctors. These events underscore the ongoing tensions between medical professionals and the government over healthcare policies and workforce management.

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Jivika Chawla

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