Fraser Coast health staff in limbo

QUEENSLAND Health staff on the Fraser Coast are in limbo with the announcement of more than 1500 job cuts in regional areas.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Chair Gary Kirk could not say how many staff across the Wide Bay would lose their jobs but said in a statement the board was continuously reviewing the services to improve health care within the budget allocation.

"This will present some challenges and mean some tough decisions over the next few months, but we have an obligation to the Government and the community to live within our means," he said.

"When decisions on budgets, staffing and resources are made I assure you that we will work in partnership with doctors, nurses and other staff," he said.

Together Union organiser Ron Fossen said they were particularly concerned for the pathology unit on the Fraser Coast.

He said there had been 12 job cuts on the Fraser Coast so far.

"There will be lots more," he said.

"It's a bad day for the Fraser Coast."

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg told reporters this morning the regional job cuts could have been saved if the Queensland Health payroll bungle never happened.

Mr Springborg announced 2745 jobs in total would be cut from Queensland Health, with 1217 going from corporate office and 1537 going from hospital and health services across the regions.



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