KIRA is an organization made up of interns and residents at hospitals, who go through the training process to become specialists in a specific treatment area at a training hospital after obtaining a doctor's license.
They are adamantly opposed to the Moon Jae-in administration’s decision to turn out 4,000 more doctors over a decade, by training 400 physicians annually from 2022. The representatives of interns and residents said expanding medical school quotas and establishing a state-run medical school would worsen the quality of healthcare.
|KIRA members stand in line to get to register for the strike. In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, the attending members went through screening before registration. The organizers also handed out face masks and other protective gear during the event.|
|A staff hands a KIRA member a Covid-19 questionnaire before registering.|
|Two KIRA members receive a poster that reads, "Young doctors’ movement."|
|KIRA members hold a picket criticizing what they saw as the government’s two-sided stance of thanking medical staff's efforts during the Covid-19 crisis but changing policies without discussions behind their backs.|
|The organizing staff members attach tapes on the ground to put some distance between the KIRA members.|
|KIRA members hold up their picket, protesting the government’s decision to increase medical school admission quotas.|
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