South korea has began the deployment of military physicians and doctors from public health centres to strike-hit hospitals from to help care for patients affected by the walkout of nearly 12,000 trainee doctors from 100 hospitals over government reform plans.

Health Minister Cho Kyoo-Hong said twenty military surgeons along with 138 public health doctors will be assigned to 20 hospitals for four weeks,

South korean authorities have been trying to coax the doctors to return to work by warning them that their medical licences could be suspended but so far appear to have had little success.

The protesting had left their posts in a dispute over government’s plan to increase medical school admissions, poor renumeration and working condition.

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