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South Korea to Revoke Licenses of 7,000 Resident Doctors Who Left Posts


South Korea to Revoke Licenses of 7,000 Resident Doctors Who Left Posts




South Korea to Revoke Licenses of 7,000 Resident Doctors Who Left Posts

The South Korean government has announced that 7,000 resident doctors who have left their posts will have their medical licenses revoked, and the disciplinary action will be irreversible.

 

According to the South Korean government, 7,000 resident doctors who have left their posts will undergo the process of having their medical licenses revoked, and the related actions cannot be reversed.

On March 3, 2024, local time, in Seoul, South Korea, the Korean Medical Association held a national doctors’ rally near the Yoido Park, with participants shouting slogans.

 

South Korea to Revoke Licenses of 7,000 Resident Doctors Who Left Posts

The South Korean government has announced that 7,000 resident doctors who have left their posts will have their medical licenses revoked, and the disciplinary action will be irreversible.

 

 

Park Min-soo, the second vice minister of the Ministry of Health and Welfare of South Korea, announced during a press conference on the morning of March 4 that strict and prompt measures will be taken against the core responsible persons of the collective resignation and leaving of doctors.

Park emphasized that if the relevant resident doctors violate the government’s order to return to work, the punishment of revoking their medical licenses for at least three months is inevitable. He warned that if they receive the punishment of revoking their medical licenses for three months, they will not be able to meet the professional training time, and the time to obtain the qualification of full-time doctors will be delayed by more than one year. In addition, the relevant administrative disciplinary records and reasons will be recorded, which may adversely affect their future employment.

According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, as of 11:00 a.m. on February 29, the results of the inspection of 100 large comprehensive hospitals in South Korea showed that there were a total of 8,945 resident doctors who had left their posts. As of February 28, 7,854 resident doctors had received the government’s order to return to work. Park Min-soo said that for those confirmed to have left their posts, they will enter the process of revoking their medical licenses, and this punishment is irreversible. Park also said that although February 29 was the deadline for exemption from punishment, the government will start on-site inspections from March 4, so if they return to work before the inspection, the government will also consider it. If it is confirmed during the inspection on the 4th that they have not returned to work, relevant personnel will be informed of the punishment in advance on the 5th.

On the 4th, the Ministry of Health and Welfare of South Korea dispatched personnel to 50 hospitals to inspect the return-to-work situation of resident doctors.

The South Korean government’s plan to increase the enrollment of medical students in February was strongly opposed by medical groups and medical school students, leading to the current wave of resignations by resident doctors.

South Korea to Revoke Licenses of 7,000 Resident Doctors Who Left Posts

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