Health cuts announcement Friday
QUEENSLAND Health employees will find out the fate of their jobs on Friday when Lawrence Springborg announces how many positions he will cull.
After dodging questions on when he would make the long-awaited job cuts announcement, the Health Minister conceded the information would be revealed on Friday.
"I am not going to speculate on numbers; I will confirm that to you in the not too distant future and likely in the next 24 hours," he said at a press conference on Thursday.
Mr Springborg claimed people would be "surprised" at the proposed decrease of the current 69,000 full-time-equivalent staff employed by Queensland Health.
But Mr Springborg would not outline from where these cuts would come or announce a definite figure.
"What will happen is at the time when those decisions are made, their line managers will be speaking with them and indicating that to them and after that has happened I will be making a broad announcement," he said.
"I want the opportunity for those people to hear from those line managers before I start to speculate."
The Health Minister confirmed the health system would receive an increase in its budget and local hospital boards would be "very much" involved in the job decisions.
"They know the areas where they are over-established and they know the areas where there are challenges," he said.
It's understood a press conference will be called on Friday morning.
The announcement comes only five days out from when the State Government will reveal its budget, which will include the number of public servants to be sacked as the LNP tries to tackle Queensland's debt.
Premier Campbell Newman has remained vague on the exact number leading up to the budget, but told ABC Radio this week it would be under 15,000.
At a rally in Brisbane on Thursday, Together union delegate and Queensland Health employee Phil Carswell said his workplace was full of people living in fear.
"People don't know whether they will get paid next week or not or whether their work will be valued or not," he said.