Specialists gather to discuss Cairns health crisis

Posted February 26, 2014 by Together Queensland

Cairns specialists at Health are meeting to discuss how the health crisis is affecting the north.

Hundreds of senior medical officers (doctors including specialists) have been meeting across the state amid strong opposition to unfair individual contracts.

Health speaker Dr Sandy Donald said, “We understand the department does not have the authority to actually fix this.

“With Health attempting to talk about KPIs when the contract is dreadful and the law is worse, it’s like rearranging the furniture when your house is burning down.

“Nationally or internationally, these contracts are disgusting.

“While the government is claiming doctors aren’t losing money that’s not the point, doctors need to be speaking up for patients, they need the right to refuse to work when tired or fatigued instead of being forced onto unfair contracts.

”If a doctor is bullied or blackmailed into signing a contract the employer can change any of the contract conditions they like at any time they like through directives.”

Together organiser Deb Pearson said, “We want our Queensland doctors to have unfair dismissal rights, we don’t want our doctors working tired or fatigued.”

More than 4500 health jobs have been axed from Queensland’s health services since mid 2012.

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February 26, 2014

Opposite the Cairns Base Hospital

The Esplanade



Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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