Expansion of public hospital beds, expansion of nursing staff

▲ The Medical Solidarity Headquarters of the Public Transport Workers’ Union holds a press conference announcing the presidential election policy in front of the Blue House Sarangchae on the morning of the 17th.

With regard to the expansion of public hospital beds and the expansion of nursing staff, Democratic Party presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung expressed a vague stance, saying ‘partial consent’, while People’s Power candidate Yoon Seok-yeol did not state his position.

On the morning of the 17th, the Medical Solidarity Headquarters of the Public Transport Workers’ Union (CEO Lee Hyang-chun) held a press conference in front of the Blue House Sarangchae and announced the answers to policy questions received from the presidential candidates of the Democratic Party, People’s Power, People’s Party, Justice Party, and Progressive Party. The policy questionnaire sent by the Medical Solidarity Headquarters consisted of 18 questions, including positions on expanding medical publicity and preparing measures for nursing personnel.

Regarding the plan to legislate the number of patients per nurse to solve the problem of shortage of nursing manpower, candidates Lee Jae-myung and Ahn Cheol-soo of the People’s Party ‘partially agree’, Yoon Seok-yeol ‘no answer’, and Justice Party candidate Shim Sang-jung and Progressive Party candidate Kim Jae-yeon ‘agree’ said. The same position was taken with respect to the Act for the Improvement of Human Rights of Nursing Persons (Nursing Human Rights Act), which obtained 100,000 consent through a petition for national consent in October of last year. Candidate Jae-myung Lee said, “I agree with the direction and importance” and “will actively review the system improvement.” However, no specific measures were mentioned.

Regarding the expansion of public health care such as ‘expansion of public hospital beds to more than 30%’ or ‘establishment of public hospitals in medically vulnerable areas’, Candidate Jae-myung Lee answered ‘partially agree’ and Candidate Seok-yeol Yoon answered ‘no response’. Candidate Lee said, “I strongly agree with the expansion of public hospital beds, but the specific target ratio and timing of achievement will have to be considered in various circumstances.” The establishment of a public hospital said, “We will actively consider the establishment of a public hospital in consideration of the various conditions in the area.” Candidates Sang-Jeong Shim and Jae-Yeon Kim agreed on the expansion of public hospital beds, and candidates Cheol-Soo Ahn, Sang-Jeong Shim, and Jae-Yeon Kim agreed on the establishment of a public hospital.

Candidate Jae-myung Lee answered ‘agree’, except for regulatory questions related to the climate crisis. He expressed his ‘opposition’ to the suspension of biohealth deregulation or the cessation of telemedicine.

In addition to the expansion of public hospitality by expanding public hospital beds by 30%, the headquarters prepares measures to secure and protect health and medical personnel such as the introduction of a four-day week system, legislate the number of patients per nurse and improve the nursing management fee differential system, strengthen the public nature of care services and provide care workers (medical care) They demanded that the presidential election policy include improvement of treatment of caregivers and supporters for the disabled), cessation and abolition of medical privatization, including suspension of deregulation of bio-health, regularization of regular and continuous work, and ban on management evaluation of national university hospitals.

Reference-www.labortoday.co.kr

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