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Doctors should join efforts to boost public health

Medical doctors and trainees have threatened to go on strike to protest a government plan to raise admission quotas at medical schools. If they go ahead with their threat, they cannot avoid criticism for taking collective action to protect their vested interests at the cost of patients.

The Korean Intern Resident Association (KIRA), a group of resident doctors and interns, said it will hold an all-out strike starting Friday to oppose the plan to increase admission quotas by 4,000 over 10 years starting from 2022. The Korea Medical Association (KMA), an interest group of 130,000 medical doctors, has also vowed to go on strike Aug. 14 for the same reason. It has called on the Ministry of Health and Welfare to retract the plan........

© The Korea Times

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