Thousands of trainee doctors in South Korea have begun their planned one-day walk-out, despite the government's repeated calls for them to reverse course.
They are holding outdoor protests, give blood and conduct policy debates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.
The planned strike has sparked concerns that it could paralyze the country's health care system, as trainee doctors, who work in essential fields such as intensive care units, surgery and emergency rooms, will join.
This comes in protest to the government's plan to add 4-thousand medical students over the next ten years to increase the number of doctors and boost the response to future public health crises.
Doctors argue that the country's healthcare policies, not the shortage of doctors have caused a lack of sufficient patient care in essential medicine and workforce, only weakening medical communities' competitiveness.