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Court in Seoul rejects doctors’ bid to block reforms in South Korea

A Seoul court on Thursday rejected a request from doctors and medical students to halt a government plan to increase medical school quotas, as a months-long strike by young medics continues.

Thousands of medics stopped work on February 20 in protest against government plans to train more doctors, causing chaos in hospitals and forcing cancellations of key treatments including chemotherapy.

Citing shortages and a rapidly aging population, the government is trying to train hundreds of extra doctors every year, sparking a backlash from young medics and students, who have taken the case to court in an attempt to block the change.

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