[속보] Kwon Deok-cheol, “Even if the health and medical union strikes, treatment for critically ill patients – emergency medical care – surgery – delivery and dialysis are maintained”

Minister of Health and Welfare Kwon Deok-cheol announces a discourse to the public on the general strike of the health and medical union in the briefing room of the Ministry of Health and Welfare at the government complex in Sejong on the 31st. News 1

Minister of Health and Welfare Kwon Deok-cheol said that even if the health and medical union, which announced a general strike on the 2nd of next month, actually goes on strike, essential maintenance such as treatment for critically ill patients and emergency medical care will be carried out without any setback.

Minister Kwon said in a statement released at the government complex in Sejong on the 31st, “I will do my best to solve the problem until the last minute. We will do our best to prevent any inconvenience to the people in preparation for all possible possibilities,” he said.

Specifically, Minister Kwon said, “According to the Labor Relations Act, the duties of medical institutions such as critical care, emergency medical treatment, surgery, childbirth and dialysis are essential maintenance jobs,” he said.

In the event of a strike, he said that emergency medical measures would be implemented. Minister Kwon said, “According to the emergency treatment measures, we will prepare without any setbacks such as maintaining a 24-hour emergency treatment system such as emergency centers, extending weekday treatment hours for hospital-level institutions, and participating in emergency treatment at public hospitals that do not participate in strikes.”

Minister Kwon also asked the health and medical union to refrain from strikes. Minister Kwon said, “It is time for both health care workers and the government to focus on responding to the fourth wave of COVID-19. We ask for a solution,” he said.

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The day before, the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Health and Medical Association held the 12th round of working-level negotiations with the Ministry of Health and Welfare at the Medical Evaluation and Certification Institute in Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, and started negotiations, but could not narrow their position. The Ministry of Health and Welfare and the labor union agreed on the problem of the shortage of manpower in the medical field and the need to prepare countermeasures, but differed on the specific timing of manpower recruitment.

Kim Cheong-hwan reporter


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