The conflict between the government and the medical community over the promotion of major medical policies such as the expansion of medical school quotas and the establishment of public medical schools is showing no signs of being completely closed.
On the 4th, the Korean Medical Association (Medical Association) signed an agreement with the ruling Democratic Party and the Ministry of Health and Welfare, in turn, with the main idea of ``reviewing the nuclear power plant,'' and the conflict seemed to end. As a result, it emerged as a new source of conflict.
The government is in the position that there will be no additional postponement as it has already postponed the doctor's office once, while the medical community is strongly protesting that the agreement is meaningless if the government does not come up with remedies.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare was delayed by one week to the 8th of this month, one week before the start of the 85th National Medical Examination Test in 2021 on the 31st of last month, but the majority of medical students who rebelled against the procedures and contents of the agreement with the government and ruling party still adhered to the strong policy and added. I did not apply during the application period.
Only 446 people, 14% of the 3,172 people who took the exam, said they would like to take the exam, which ended at 0 o'clock on the 7th.
This is the smallest scale ever in practical exams.
In this regard, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Welfare Son Young-rae said at a regular briefing on the day, "The re-application period ended at 12:00 on the 6th (00:00 on the 7th), and the practical exam will be fully prepared and proceed without any problems." "I don't think about the case of doing an additional application," he said.
He continued, "As long as we postpone (examination) once and give candidates another opportunity, it is a matter of law and principle to submit additional applications. This is also a matter of national examination as well as the national examination. It is judged that it violates the fairness of the department and qualifications."
After the government announced this position, there is a repulsive movement in the medical world.
The medical association issued a statement and said, "If medical students refuse to take the national examination, it is a legitimate protest against the unilateral health care policy, and relief measures must be prepared." "The medical association will respond by mobilizing all methods so that they can take the exam normally." Revealed.
In particular, it is important to keep in mind that the agreement between the government and the ruling party on the 4th was based on the premise of protection and relief for students and members, such as medical students and doctors. “If there is no such remedy, the agreement will not have any meaning anymore. ".
The Emergency Response Committee of the Korean Council of Majorities (Daejeon Association) also pledged to raise the level of group action if medical students are prevented from performing national ceremonies.
Daejeon Hyup Bidae Chairman Park Ji-hyun said at a conference on the subject of majors that day, "If they retake the exam within two weeks, or if the exam is not postponed as they wish, I will strongly engage in group action."
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