A fundamental shift in Queensland Health

Posted June 23, 2014 by Together Queensland

Together Secretary Alex Scott says today there was a fundamental shift in the way that workers are employed across Queensland Health.

“This government can’t be trusted when it comes to job cuts, services cuts and the privatisation of public service assets,” Mr Scott said today.

“What we have seen with the government is trying to force lower and lower budgets on to the hospital boards, redefining positions away from front line services.

“The track record of this government over the last two years has been that they want to talk about front line services while cutting those jobs at the very same time.

“There are less doctors, less nurses, less health professionals than there were two years ago, than there was two months ago, than there was six months ago. These changes make it easier for the government to deny responsibility for the cuts that are about to happen.

“Over the last couple of years is this government has cut thousands of jobs from the health system, millions of dollars from budget and services have been cut across the state.

“The government consistently lies when it comes to job cuts across Queensland. A year ago they said the job cuts had finished. Six months ago they said the job cuts finished. Three days ago they said the job cuts are finished.

“They have cut doctors from the system, they have cut nurses from the system they have cut allied health positions from the system and then said they are not front line.

“Every time there are job cuts the government tries to blame the boards rather than blaming themselves.

“The government cut the budgets for these health boards which is why there were cuts 12 months ago, two years ago.

“But at the end of the day the health boards are about the government avoiding responsibility for their underfunding of the health system.

“We think that there are thousands of jobs at risk.

“We know that this government is committing to cutting jobs and services across Queensland.

“This government has cut too far, too deep. They will say and do anything to get re-elected. They are cutting jobs whether it’s in health, whether it’s in education, whether it’s in TAFE.

“What we will see is a range of industrial relations changes that will flow from today’s decision which will be about making sure that politicians are unaccountable for health service delivery.

“They want to make the boards and the community accountable for the underfunding of our health system where at the end of the day it’s really the politicians who are not going to provide enough money for the boards to make a decision and then blame the boards when those job cuts and service cuts happen in the next 6-12 months in the same way they are going to try and blame the local TAFE colleges for the massive increases we will see in TAFE student fees over the next 12 months.

“The government needs to understand the community knows there’s a problem with our health system, the community knows that the jobs are being cut, the services are being cut, the budgets are being cut.

“This government needs to start to listen to the community rather than shout at it.”


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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