Health minister candidate Hoyeon Jung is faced with allegations of misconduct, including admission to college for his child and exemption from military service for his son, and members of the People Power Party are asking him to abandon his nomination. ..
PPP lawmakers Ha Taecyeon and Kim Young-tae called for Mr. Chung to resign on Monday.
At a press conference on Sunday, Mr. Chung talked about his two children’s enrollment in medical school and allegations that his son was exempt from active military service due to medical problems.
“There was no possible way to take advantage of my social position for the benefit of my children, and there was no tort committed,” Chung said.
He called for a thorough investigation of the allegations.
However, at a press conference, Mr. Chung did not provide evidence to disprove allegations such as his son’s medical records.
According to reports, Mr. Chung’s son and daughter transferred to Kyungpook National University Hospital in 2016 and 2017, when he was the president of Kyungpook National University Hospital, respectively. In a 2017 admissions interview with Chung’s daughter, it was reported that all three professors sitting as judges were Chung’s friends. Chung’s daughter got a perfect score in the interview.
“I have never told other professors about my child’s application,” Chung said on Sunday. “The Admissions Committee has a total of about 50 judges, who are randomly assigned on the day of the interview, so it is a fair competition and cannot be solicited.”
However, it was reported that the only candidate to receive the full score from the judge’s set was Chung’s daughter.
Regarding Chung’s son’s military service, the South Korean army classifies drafts into six levels, with men suitable for military service in the first three levels. The results of a 2010 physical examination of Mr. Chung’s son initially classified him as Level 2. However, after an examination at Kyungpook National University Hospital, where his father was president, his results were changed to level 4.
According to medical records submitted by Democratic Party member Choi Hae-young from Kyungpook National University Hospital and the Ministry of Health and Welfare on Sunday, Mr. Chung’s son visited Kyungpook National University Hospital in September 2013 with pain in his left thigh. In January 2014, Chung’s son visited a hospital with the same symptoms and was treated with medication. However, there is no record of hospital visits for the next 22 months.
On October 27, 2015, Mr. Chung’s son visited Kyungpook National University Hospital again. A medical certificate issued for a military examination on October 29, 2015 states that “patients are waiting for follow-up after being diagnosed with a herniated disc in the 5th to 6th lumbar spine.” .. Chung’s son was diagnosed with “spine disease” on November 6 at the second physical examination at the Gyeongsangbuk-do Military Manpower Administration. It is considered a Level 4 draft and qualifies for desk work rather than active service.
Chung’s son completed his military service by working at a desk instead of active duty.
It is also noteworthy that Chung’s son has spent only about 150,000 won on medical expenses for the past five years, suggesting that he is in good health.
President Bae Hyun-jin, who was elected president of Yoon Suk-yul, said, “We are watching the situation carefully and are waiting for a confirmation hearing in the Diet.” Despite the controversy and some parts of the People Power Party calling for a resignation, Mr Chung is proceeding with a hearing.
The controversy over Mr. Chung’s children is reminiscent of former Justice Minister Cho Kuk, who had only served 36 days due to a scandal about his daughter’s admission to college and medical school. Cho’s wife, Chung Kyung-Sim, was convicted of fraud for being involved in her daughter’s enrollment in medical school, and she has been in prison for four years.
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