The health and medical unions are going on a general strike today메이저사이트.
This is the first large-scale general strike in 19 years.
In front-line hospitals, medical disruptions have already begun, such as the cancellation of surgery schedules.
Reporter Ki Jeong-hoon reports.
The National Cancer Center, an intensive care institution for cancer patients, canceled all 100 surgeries on the 13th and 14th, when the health and medical unions announced a general strike.
This is because it is known that more than half of the health and medical personnel, including nurses, will participate in the strike, and there may be a shortage of nursing staff in hospital rooms.
Since last Monday, outpatient treatment has been reduced, with no new patients being accepted, and anti-cancer treatment schedules are expected to be delayed one after another.
[National Cancer Center official: If there is a strike, anti-cancer injections are more of a problem. You have to get it every day, but if you don’t get it, it’ll take 3-4 days, so that schedule makes a huge difference.]
Cancer patients and their caregivers can’t hide their worries. [Kim Kyung-wook / Guardian of cancer patients: I
came up (from the provinces) because the proton therapy machine is only here with Seoul Samsung Hospital.
After surgery), it is a situation under management, but it has to come for a long time, and if the strike continues to be prolonged in the future, I am very concerned.] The
health and medical union is demanding manpower expansion and full-scale expansion of the integrated nursing care service, leaving open the possibility of an indefinite general strike. .
However, in the process of enacting the Nursing Act, some medical organizations, such as the Nursing Association and the Medical Association, which stood on the other side, expressed concerns about the strike.
[Jang In-ho / President of the Korea Clinical Laboratory Technologists Association: I am very concerned that there is a high possibility of serious consequences that actually threaten the lives of patients.] The government held a situation review meeting with the heads of senior general hospitals participating in the strike and held emergency rooms and intensive care units
. Inspect that essential maintenance tasks such as [Park Min-soo / 2nd Vice Minister of Health and Welfare: The government will continue to monitor and provide support to ensure
that essential maintenance tasks such as emergency rooms, intensive care units, and delivery rooms are properly implemented at each medical institution.]
He called for the strike to be withdrawn once again, saying that the policy was being pursued.