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South Korean doctors plan to go on strike to protest government plans to train more doctors amid coronavirus cases spikes

Added 08-14-20 01:14:02am EST - “The Korean Medical Association, which helped organise the protest, says the country already has more than enough physicians.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “South Korean doctors plan to go on strike to protest government plans to train more doctors amid coronavirus cases spikes”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SEOUL (Reuters) - About a quarter of South Korea's medical clinics closed on Friday for a one-day strike in protest at government plans to train new doctors, as the country reported the highest number of domestic coronavirus cases since the end of March.

The government plans to increase the number of medical students by 4,000 over the next 10 years, which it says is necessary to be better prepared for public health crises like the coronavirus pandemic.

But the Korean Medical Association (KMA), which helped organise the protest, says the country already has more than enough physicians.

At least 8,365 of the country's total 33,836 medical facilities, including private clinics, had said they would stage a walk out on Friday, but the numbers could rise, Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip told a briefing.

"The number of physicians per 1,000 people has increased by 3.1% annually for the past 10 years, which is 6 times greater than that of OECD average," KMA said in a statement.

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