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South Korea takes steps to suspend doctors’ licenses

Updated on: 05 March,2024 07:48 AM IST  |  Seoul
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Nearly 9,000 medical interns and residents have been on strike for two weeks to protest a government push to sharply increase the number of medical school admissions

South Korea takes steps to suspend doctors’ licenses

South Korea junior doctors during a protest. Pic/X

South Korea’s government began steps Monday to suspend the medical licenses of thousands of striking junior doctors, days after they missed a government-set deadline to end their joint walkouts, which have severely impacted hospital operations.


Nearly 9,000 medical interns and residents have been on strike for two weeks to protest a government push to sharply increase the number of medical school admissions. Their action has led to hundreds of canceled surgeries and other treatments and threatened to burden the country’s medical service. On Monday, officials were sent to dozens of hospitals to formally confirm the absence of the striking doctors as the government began steps to suspend their licenses for at least three months, Vice Health Minister Park Min-soo told a briefing.


Park said authorities will later notify the striking doctors of their expected license suspensions and give them a chance to respond. He suggested the license suspensions would take weeks to go into effect. South Korea’s government had ordered the striking doctors to return to work by February 29 under a law that allows it to issue such orders to doctors when it sees grave risks to public health.


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