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Why trainee doctors in South Korea are on strike

A group of resident doctors at Seoul National University Hospital who joined a strike against the government's medical reform plan, holding a sign that says "stop medical policies that kill people". ST PHOTO: CHANG MAY CHOON
A group of resident doctors at Seoul National University Hospital who joined a strike against the government's medical reform plan, holding a sign that says "stop medical policies that kill people". ST PHOTO: CHANG MAY CHOON

Trainee doctors debated yesterday whether to continue a 16-day strike after an agreement was signed on Friday between the ruling Democratic Party and the Korean Medical Association, which represents 130,000 doctors, to end the walkout.

The agreement will restart negotiations on the government's much-criticised reform plan to produce more doctors.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 06, 2020, with the headline 'Why trainee doctors in South Korea are on strike'. Print Edition | Subscribe