Big Five Hospitals Likely to Engage in 'Mass Shutdown'… Be Careful Whether It's 'Indefinite'

Big Five Hospitals Likely to Engage in 'Mass Shutdown'… Be Careful Whether It's 'Indefinite'

While Seoul National University and Seoul National University Hospital have decided to close indefinitely starting on the 17th, other Big Five hospitals are also joining the ranks of closures.

According to the medical community on the 12th, the Emergency Response Committee (Emergency Response Committee) of professors at Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, which includes Seoul Samsung Hospital, confirmed their participation in a large-scale shutdown. stopover on the 18th.

The five big hospitals are Seoul National University Hospital, Severance Hospital, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, Asan Medical Center, and Seoul Samsung Hospital. Five places, including Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Catholic University, Ulsan University and Sungkyunkwan University, have them as teaching hospitals.

The professors at Yonsei University College of Medicine also decided to take a break on the 18th. This is in accordance with the Korean Medical Association’s decision to close the clinic.

The Emergency Committee, made up of professors from the University of Ulsan College of Medicine, whose teaching hospitals include Asan Medical Center in Seoul, held a private online general meeting at 5 pm the previous day and discussed the direction of the answer. The emergency committee of professors at the University of Ulsan College of Medicine also decided on a complete closure, but discussed specific policies such as timing and method. The results of the discussion are expected to be published today.

Internally, we have decided to participate in the medical association’s decision, but we plan to discuss specific policies such as a separate timeline and closure period at the hospital level.

The Catholic University School of Medicine, which has Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital as its teaching hospital, will also decide whether to close on the 18th through a meeting on the 12th.

However, it is not clear whether the five large hospitals will close at the same time on the 18th. An official from the medical community said: “The intention is to respond firmly to the current situation,” but added: “We cannot help but consider the aspects practical aspects of planned treatment and surgery.

For this reason, they are cautious about indefinite closure. A professor at a university hospital said: “I can tolerate a one-day closure, but I am very concerned about an indefinite closure. He added: “We could proceed by reducing the number of new patients while continuing to treat existing patients.” There is also a realistic difficulty: it is not easy to decide on an indefinite closure in a situation where there is only one week left until the 18th.

When the medical community decided to participate in the mass shutdown, the government issued a medical treatment order on the 18th and required reporting by the 13th when an inevitable shutdown was required. On the 18th, the government plans to check whether the clinic works by telephone or other methods and issue an order to start work. Violation of this may result in suspension from work or grades, fines, etc.

Meanwhile, patient groups are demanding that the decision to close the medical community be withdrawn. The Korean Federation of Serious Illnesses plans to hold a press conference at Seoul National University Hospital this morning. They said: “The emergency committee of Seoul National University must immediately withdraw its complete suspension, and the medical community must immediately stop its inhumane decision to launch a general strike.”

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