‘We quit!’: 22 Chang Gung doctors resign en masse

The China Post

Chang Gung Memorial Hospital confirmed Wednesday that 22 physicians at its Linkou branch had tendered their resignations. At a briefing earlier in the day, Vice Superintendent Wen Ming-shien (溫明賢) said the resignations “absolutely would not” affect the quality of the hospital’s emergency care. By law, the emergency clinic at Linkou must have 41 physicians and it still has 58, he said. Wen said that hospital administrators were working to keep the emergency room staff on board.

Unrest, Solidarity and Peer Pressure

The 22 attending physicians tendered their resignations mainly because two department heads were removed from their posts after violating hospital regulations, Wen said. The abrupt change triggered feelings of unrest among the emergency clinic staff. That — along with feelings of solidarity and peer pressure — had catalyzed the wave of resignations, he said. Wen said hospital administrators were putting “all efforts” into retaining the staff, communicating with them one by one in a bid to ease their concerns. Addressing a rumor that Chang Gung’s emergency clinic was operating at a loss and had been ready to trim staff, he insisted that this was not the reality. Chang Gung Memorial Hospital was not a for-profit organization, he said. To enhance of the quality of its emergency care, it had been among the first to adopt the comparatively pricy 24-hour shift duty for physicians, and it had never laid off employees in any clinic on the basis of an operating loss, he said. But Su Hui-cheng (蘇輝成), a staff member at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, said it was true that Linkou emergency clinic intended to cut 60 beds in its observation ward, leaving 160. Su said it was “better for emergency care patients to not stay in observation for too long” and that fewer beds in the ward meant a higher standard of care outside of it.