Thousands of South Korean doctors returned this Wednesday to strike on a new day of protests against government reforms in the health sector amid a coronavirus pandemic and amid a rebound in some cases.
The strike, which has forced the closure of more than 3,500 clinics across the country, came despite warnings from Health Secretary Park Neung Hoo ordering doctors to return to work or serve sentences of up to three years. Imprisonment and a fine of 30 million won.
This is the second strike that doctors are carrying out this month. In addition, thousands of residents have been absent from work for about a week. These strikes are happening now as the country bounces off coronavirus cases.
One of the main complaints from doctors is the government’s plan to increase university admission fees over the next decade. In his opinion, this affects the quality of teaching and puts patient health at risk, in addition to worsening the already competitive market.
South Korea has verified 18,265 cases of coronavirus and 312 deaths since the pandemic began, despite 14,368 people managing to overcome the disease caused by the virus.