Health Minister Lawrence Springborg
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg Jenna Cairney

Fraser Coast feels health cuts

AT LEAST 12 jobs have already been cut from Fraser Coast health services so far and the Together union expects more to come after the State Government announced yesterday more than 2700 Queensland Health employees would lose their jobs.

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

He said the union understood six jobs from services in Hervey Bay and six in pathology services had been cut yesterday.

"There will be lots more," he said.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Chair Gary Kirk could not say yesterday how many staff across the Wide Bay would lose their jobs.

He 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.

Health Minister Springborg announced 2745 jobs in total would be cut from Queensland Health, with 1217 going from corporate offices and 1537 going from hospital and health services.

He told reporters in Brisbane yesterday the regional job cuts could have been saved if the Queensland Health payroll bungle never happened.



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