SEOUL, South Korea (NEWSnet/AP) — South Korea officials issued a return-to-work order for doctors participating in a walkout Tuesday.

Since February, more than 12,000 trainee doctors have been in a standoff with government officials, who want to boost the nation’s medical school admissions. Many reject the plan, set to begin in 2025, saying schools won’t be able to handle the increased flow and quality of medical service would suffer.

About 4% of the country’s 36,000 private medical facilities have told authorities they would participate in the one-day strike, according to South Korea’s Health and Welfare Ministry.

A day earlier, hundreds of medical school professors at four major hospitals affiliated with Seoul National University entered an indefinite walkout.

South Korea Deputy Health Minister Jun Byung-wang said the one-day strike haven’t immediately caused significant problems in medical service.

He accused the protracted strike of threatening to destroy a “trusting relationship between doctors and patients our society has built for long.”

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