For the second time since President Yoon Seok-yul took office먹튀검증, the Nursing Care Bill, which he vetoed, was put to a vote in the plenary session of the National Assembly, but was rejected and scrapped.
The National Assembly held a no-confidence vote on the nursing bill during its plenary session this afternoon (Nov. 30).
The vote was defeated with 178 in favor, 107 against, and 4 invalid votes out of 289 lawmakers present.
The nursing bill was opposed by the People’s Power, but the opposition, led by the Democratic Party of Korea, passed it in the plenary session on March 27.
The bill, which aims to separate nursing-related content from the current healthcare law, has been highly controversial, with many arguing that it discriminates against internal roles within the medical profession.
President Yoon called for the bill to be reconsidered on the 16th, saying, “It is causing excessive conflicts between related positions, and the de-medicalization of nursing work is causing anxiety about the public’s health.”
This is the second request for reconsideration after the Grain Management Act.
According to Article 53 of the Constitution, a bill called for reconsideration by the president requires a majority of the members present and a vote of at least two-thirds of the members present.
Since the National People’s Power (113 seats), which is more than one-third of the total number of seats, had voted “no confidence” in the bill, it had become impossible to pass it.
“All four million healthcare workers from 13 healthcare organizations, excluding the nursing association, are opposed to the nursing law,” said Representative Choi Sung-hee of the National People’s Party during the debate before the plenary vote. “If the Democratic Party tries to collapse the healthcare system by force, the ruling party, which prioritizes people’s lives and safety, will have no choice,” she said.
On the other hand, Democratic Representative Chung Chun-sook countered, saying, “The fundamental cause of the interprofessional conflict is the vertical current medical law system, which has not changed at all over the past 70 years, with doctors at the top of the hierarchy.” “I doubt that the president vetoed the bill based on accurate information.”