Labor set to cut more than 650 frontline health jobs

27 Jul 2016 4:58 PMJohn-Paul Langbroek

Over 650 frontline health jobs are set to go after the Palasczcuk Labor Government confirmed their plan to cut hundreds of staff in hospitals and health centres across the state, following Opposition questioning in Estimates today.

 

Shadow Health Minister John Paul Langbroek said much-needed jobs would be lost from Hospital and Health Services (HHS) across Queensland after they were found to run deficits last financial year.

 

“Labor has continually talked up its commitment to frontline staffing, yet we’re seeing 654 frontline staff losing their jobs because of this government’s mismanagement,” Mr Langbroek said.

 

“Just last year, Health Minister Cameron Dick claimed he had delivered “a record” budget – a budget that went on to deliver a $99 million deficit across the Health Department.

 

“Now 654 health workers are paying the price – not to mention the thousands of Queenslanders they assist each and every day.

 

“Frontline staff across the State’s east coast will be affected, with cuts planned in South East Queensland, Wide Bay and Cairns.”

 

Staff reductions are scheduled to occur this year at:

 

  • Metro South HHS – 243 positions

  • Wide Bay HHS – 164 positions

  • Cairns HHS – 247 positions

“If the asleep at the wheel Labor Government continues its streak of financial mismanagement, it’s likely more of our hardworking health workers could face further job losses in the future,” Mr Langbroek said.

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