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KHMU Newsletter No. 12 August 24, 2020

 

The KHMU’s Joint-Action at the Industry Level

Hashtag # Campaign for Safety and Life: Join us with # 늘려요(# increase)

 

Starting from August 11, the KHMU (The Korean Health and Medical Workers’ Union) has been taking the industry-level joint action to overcome the COVID-19 crisis and for victory of the union. The Union held press conferences and public campaigns in five metropolitan cities across Jeonbuk, Chungbuk, Daejeon, Daegoo and Incheon. Plus, it conducted the virtual live rally on YouTube at the head office of Seoul. In the meantime, the head office of Gwangju and Jeonnam orchestrated public awareness campaigns in and outside of hospitals, which were waged by each branch of the region.


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In the morning on 13th at the auditorium of the KHMU Headquarters’ building, the industry-level union held a press conference to urge the government to help secure more medical staff including physicians so as to strengthen public medical services.

 

“Going through the COVID-19 crisis, we have reaffirmed the cracks of the Korean health and medical system and the shortage of public medical staff.” said President Na Soon-ja. She also emphasized that the Act on Support for Health and Medical Personnel enacted last year should take effect as per the law.

 

In the comment session, a nurse, wearing a mask, reported illegal medical services which risk patients’ safety. 

“As the number of doctors is less than needed in hospitals, nurses have to work on doctors’ jobs even publicly. Sometimes, nurses are supposed to operate and prescribe drugs. Illegal practices take place all the time but in case of accidents, no one would take accountability. Nurses know it is illegal but we cannot help following doctors’ instructions,” said the nurse working for a polyclinic.  

The nurse also put an emphasis that more doctors should be hired to end such illegal practices.

 

With the joint-action, the KHMU calls for ▲ end illegal medical services that threaten safety of patients and hire more doctors, establish public medical schools ▲expand the public medical services and exempt the preliminary feasibility study when establishing public medical institutions ▲ Establish a human resource development institute as a follow-up measure for the Act on Support for Medical Personnel and secure additional medical staff ▲ Regularize irregular job positions ▲ Stop medical privatization, part of which includes online medical treatment

 

In addition, the KHMU declared that it will apply for industrial mediations regarding the wage negotiations on 11th and for the 15 day-long mediation period, intensive negotiations and in-field struggles will take place.

The members of the KHMU who participated in the joint-action shared their words as follows: “Korean people’s encouragement and support have been a big energy for frontline medical workers fighting against COVID-19.” They suggested people to join in the #늘려요(# increase) campaign following the #덕분에(# thanks to) to protect safety and life of people.

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