On the 14th, following a group leave of doctors, such as interns and residents, the local lawmakers were announced on the 14th, and the government repeatedly asked the medical community to resolve the problem through dialogue and consultation.

Minister of Health and Welfare Park Neung-hoo said at a briefing at the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters held at the Seoul Government Complex on the 9th, the medical community "shall engage in dialogue and discussions rather than extreme measures that threaten the lives and safety of patients."

"Expanding medical school quotas is an inevitable option for improving the medical system for the public and for the development of national medical care," said Minister Park, and emphasized that it is a'minimum necessary measure' to resolve the shortage of doctors and medical gaps by region.

He added, "Expanding medical school quotas will not simply be a process of increasing the number of doctors, but will be an opportunity to further develop the Korean health care system by fostering local medical care and improving the medical delivery system."

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