Hàn Quốc tiến tới đình chỉ giấy phép của hàng nghìn bác sĩ biểu tình

bước đi quyết liệt này đưa ra sau nhiều tuần biểu tình của thực tập sinh và người dân phản đối kế hoạch của chính phủ nhằm tăng tuyển sinh vào trường y

The South Korean government on Monday said that it was moving to suspend the licenses (đình chỉ giấy phép) of thousands of doctors who walked off the job (bỏ việc) nearly two weeks ago, threatening to escalate a dispute that has shaken the nation’s health care system.

The announcement came after thousands of physicians (bác sĩ), nurses and other medical professionals took to the streets on Sunday, rallying with banners (tập hợp với các biểu ngữ) that read: “Doctors are not criminals!”

For more than a month, young doctors have been in a high-stakes dispute with the government over the future of health care (chăm sóc sức khỏe) in the country. Nearly 10,000 interns and residents, about a tenth of all doctors in the nation, have walked off the job, with most ignoring a Thursday deadline to return to work. On Monday, the government said it would begin to suspend the licenses of around 7,000 of those doctors.

Last month, the government issued a new health care policy that it said would address a longstanding shortage of doctors by increasing medical school admissions (tuyển sinh trường y) by about 65 percent a year. But interns (thực tập sinh) and residents, known as trainee doctors, said the government was continuing to ignore the real issues facing doctors.

For now, patients have been directed to smaller hospitals and clinics. Major hospitals have had up to half of their operations delayed, and nurses have been allowed to assume some of the duties of doctors. The government has opened military hospitals and increased operating times for public clinics, and while there have been disruptions, the health system has not buckled.

For trainee doctors, the situation is “similar to the Industrial Revolution when young boys and girls were forced to work in factories,” said Dr. Lim Hyun Taek, the president of the Korean Pediatric Association.

This is not the first time doctors have protested a government plan to increase the medical school admissions quota. In 2020, a monthlong strike (cuộc đình công kéo dài hàng tháng) by doctors forced the authorities to shelve a similar plan. But this time, the government has so far remained steadfast in its position and criticism, arguing that the walkout has compromised the health and safety of the public.

source: nytimes,

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