Local medical staff say they're overworked and demand better working conditions in the pandemic.
Unionized healthcare workers seem set to go on strike Thursday after talks fell through with the government.
The two sides have held twelve rounds of talks.
The Korean Health and Medical Workers' Union, representing more than 56-thousand nurses, pharmacists and others but not doctors has demanded addition of more public hospitals and personnel.
Many nurses have quit or taken leave, as they're burnt out and are compensated too little for rigorous schedules.
The nation's Health Minister urged they avoid strike due to concerns over the burdened healthcare system.