The recruitment drive, however, is not the solution according to existing doctors and those in training to join the profession in Korea.
One medical student speaking to local media at a Seoul university said, “This (recruitment drive) will only allow hospitals to use doctors at cheaper costs without improving wages or unfair labor practices.”
“Most clinics in Daegu have not recovered from the earlier outbreak (of coronavirus), and the relief checks from the government are barely enough to cover for the months of damages,” he said, adding that the government’s announcement “felt like a blow that couldn’t have come at a tougher time.”
“Supporting the health workers who had a role in the pandemic with proper pay seems to be a more pressing agenda than expanding medical schools,” Kim said.
Korea’s Minister of Health Park Neung-hoo went on record last week ahead of the first strike as saying those taking part in the walkouts were “jeopardizing public health and safety” continuing “Under no circumstances can we let health and safety of our people to come under threat. The government will not allow it.”