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Newman urged to intervene in Queensland Health stand-off

Public hospital senior medical officers are set to be placed on individual contracts.

Public hospital senior medical officers are set to be placed on individual contracts.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is being urged to sideline his health minister as doctors at public hospitals threaten to resign en masse over individual contracts.

Mr Newman returns to Queensland this weekend after a 10-day trade mission to the US.

But with senior medical officers continuing to resist plans for individual contracts, Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk says the premier needs to intervene.

"The premier today needs to sideline his health minister and take action, take control of the health crisis and fix it," she told reporters in Brisbane.

"This is a crisis that has been building for a period of months and the government has been failing to listen."

The Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation of Queensland is understood to be in the process of sending out mass resignation letters to its medical specialist members, working in public hospitals, from Monday.

The Australian Medical Association is also opposed to plans for local hospital boards to have more power in dismissing senior medical officers.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg last week held talks with doctors' groups but the government is adamant it won't revisit legislation, which has removed the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission from disputes resolutions.


79 comments so far

  • The Health Minister is doing a fantastic job despite the massive debt left by Labor. The Australian Medical Association is a UNION and the Newman government must not give in.

    Date and time
    March 16, 2014, 3:40PM
    • Hi Jim

      Care to back your glowing reference for the Minister with some facts on How well he is handling his portfolio

      Date and time
      March 16, 2014, 4:17PM
    • So it would be OK to give in if the AMA was not a UNION?

      That's just as silly as your other assumption, that Labor left a massive debt.

      It did not. That is just a lie based on the fakery of the Costello Commission of Audit.

      Labor left power in March 2012. When Queensland Treasury did its regular report on 30 June 2012, it found that Qld Govt finances were in good shape, "AA" according to one ratings agency. So LNP Treasurer Tim Nichols took that report on his great big Asian adventure at the time. He was able to honestly say "Qld Govt finances are in good shape, invest in Qld".

      Costello Audit Commissioner Doug McTaggart was not so honest. He repeatedly claimed the previous Labor government had to borrow to pay public servant's wages. He finally admitted that that was not the case, in the Industrial Relations Commission (after being asked the same question four times by a union barrister). If he had lied inside the IRC he could have been done for perjury.

      The Costello Audit's methodology was criticised as fundamentally flawed by several independent economists (Incidentally Mr Costello is a qualified lawyer, not an economist); Professor Walker (helps set Australian accounting standards), Professor Quiggin (independently of unions, at UQ) and Dr McGovern (independently of unions, at QUT).

      You might also recall that the Costello Audit did not include government corporations money in its audit - to lie about a corporation in an audit is a federal offence.

      In other words, the Costello Audit which Campbell Newman and the LNP used as the basis for slashing 12,000 jobs and associated services IS A FAKE.

      There was no massive debt left by Labor, and NO REASON TO CUT JOBS OR SERVICES.

      Campbell Does Queensland
      Date and time
      March 16, 2014, 4:20PM
    • You mean the health minister with a year 9 education?
      Sure he's doing a great job of destroying the health system in this state and trying to deflect the blame onto the doctors. The man is a moral and intellectual pygmy.

      Lie Lover
      Date and time
      March 16, 2014, 4:33PM
    • Jim, Perhaps you can share with us just how Springborg is doing a fantastic job? Such an opinion is surely based on facts?

      Date and time
      March 16, 2014, 4:51PM
    • Really Jim? And you've worked for Qld Health for how long and in which medical/health capacity?

      The health minister is a joke.

      Date and time
      March 16, 2014, 4:55PM
    • I am going to burst your bubble, Jim. The Health Minister is not doing a fantastic job. And, Jim, please be so kind as to detail the supposed "massive" debt left by Labor.

      Marion says
      Date and time
      March 16, 2014, 5:00PM
    • Doctors like anyone elese have just as much right to be in a union as Lawrence and Campbell have to be in a political party. Also they are not threatening to strike they are threatening to resign. They have much sought after skills and can get a job pretty much anywhere. Australia isn't exactly overrun with specialists and surgeons. They would also probably make more in the private sector. You don't become a doctor because you want to get rich. There are much easier ways of making money. Like politics.

      Date and time
      March 16, 2014, 5:24PM
    • So what if they are or aren't a union. What's that got to do with anything? Or do you just hate anything union like for the sake of it? What about national farmers federation, couldn't you consider that a union? I'd say the whole national party is a type of union. Look out there's unions everywhere, how terrible. Anyway, what's this story about again? Oh yeah doctors and a dispute over their contracts. So you got anything to say about that other than something abouts unions something or other? No? Didn't think so.

      Date and time
      March 16, 2014, 5:59PM
    • Legislation is not "irreversible". A patient who dies as result of the LNPs attitude is irreversible.

      Patients will probably die because LNP now don't want to loose face over their totally unreasonable negotiating stance.

      Ex-LNP voter
      Date and time
      March 16, 2014, 10:58PM

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