KHMU INFO 14 April 2014
KHMU starts One-Day School for every ordinary member, focusing on its struggle against the privatization of healthcare
KHMU is organizing its annual One-Day School for all the ordinary members across the nation during April. The 2014 annual one-day school for members are being implemented in ten cities such as Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, etc. It is expected that over 10,000 out of 44,000 KHMU members join the one-day school across the nation. This one-day training is combined with press conferences, rallies, demonstrations, and one-million signature, as part of KHMU’s national campaign against the government policy to commercialize and privatize healthcare services.
Especially, on 7 April commemorating the World Health Day, KHMU held a press conference with the demands to stop the privatization of healthcare, the defense of peoples’ right to health, the re-opening of Jinju Medical Center, and the expansion of public healthcare services in the above-mentioned 10 cities in combination with rallies, marches and street campaigns.
In the press conference Yoo Ji-hyun, KHMU President urged, “Park Geun-hye administration must discard its policy to privatize healthcare services and reinforce the public healthcare for the effective reform of healthcare system in Korea.” Also, she stressed, “KHMU workers fight against the government policy of privatization to allow chaebols(Korean conglomerates) to run hospitals as a profit-making corporation. We must transform the distorted supply system of healthcare, fight for increasing healthcare workforce (staffing-up), which is less than one third of OECD average level, and make our hospitals as the place where both of workers and patients feel easy and satisfied.”
Around 600 to 1,000 KHMU members, who attend the one-day school organized in Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi provinces, have been participating in KHMU’s daily rallies and marches which are held in front of the National Assembly (Korean parliament) from Monday to Friday in April.
On 10 April, KHMU launched the “Keepers for Peoples’ Railway and Peoples’ Health” together with the Korean Railway Workers Union (KRWU), which is an alliance network of KHMU and KRWU to fight against the government policy of privatization in railway system and healthcare services. In this rally, Philip Jennings, General Secretary of UNI, delivered his solidarity speech.
It is expected that in June the Korean government will railroad to revise medical laws which allow big capitals to exploit hospitals as a profit-seeking corporation. What is worse, the government has a position or intention to implement its policy of privatization, not by revising relevant laws through the National Assembly, but by changing the decrees of the Ministry of Health and Welfare with its own decision.
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