South Korean Proposal for Doctors Returning to Work Meets Lukewarm Response

The South Korean government will allow doctors who left their positions in protest regarding the hike in medical school admissions to return to work without legal consequences.

Junior doctors described the overall response from doctors as “lukewarm.”

The government has ordered the trainee doctors who participated in protests to return to hospitals and barred them from accepting their resignations. Trainee doctors could find employment at other clinics or return to the hospital where they trained.

Some trainee doctors refuse to return due to the hike being finalized late last month, the first increase in 27 years.