Local doctors and other medical staff protest change to their contracts at the Hervey Bay Hospital earlier this week.
Local doctors and other medical staff protest change to their contracts at the Hervey Bay Hospital earlier this week. Robyne Cuerel

Doctor contract dispute may escalate on Friday

FRASER Coast doctors meet to consider the State Government's employment contracts on Friday morning when it's expected they will follow the lead of their Brisbane peers and refuse what's on offer.

More than 1000 doctors voted in Brisbane on Wednesday night to reject changes the government had offered to make to the individual contracts.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg claimed the government had amended contracts to address the issues raised by doctors two weeks ago.

Together Union regional organiser Donna Webster told the Chronicle doctors disagreed.

"When you actually see what he's put in writing to the group, to the doctors, he hasn't delivered on what he promised," Ms Webster said.

"He hasn't changed the regulations at all, that's the sticking point...there has been no changes in parliament to the regulations or to the act."

Ms Webster said doctors have lost conditions through law changes and the minister needed to bring them back.

The union claimed earlier this week the next action for doctors to take would be to resign.

But Premier Campbell Newman said during Question Time in parliament on Thursday he was prepared to recruit interstate or overseas doctors to replace any Queensland doctors resigning over the contract dispute.

Doctors must sign the contracts by April 30 or risk losing up to 30% of their pay.

The contracts will take effect in July.



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