Union expects up to 100 job cuts

THE Together Union expect 70-100 jobs will be cut from Fraser Coast health services with the announcement of the budget in State Parliament tomorrow.

Maryborough union organiser Ron Fossen said job cuts were expected across preventative services, community health and allied health services managed by the new Wide Bay hospital board.

"They are areas the board really doesn't have funding for," he said.

Mr Fossen said cutting the workforce in preventative services would put greater pressure on the acute health services on the Fraser Coast, especially with an ill and aging population.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board chair Gary Kirk said in a statement on Friday the board would make decisions on job cuts over the next few months.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg announced last Friday that more than 2700 people would lose their jobs in Queensland Health.

The 17 hospital and health boards across Queensland will need to cut 1537 jobs while the corporate office will cut 1217 jobs.

"Hospital and Health Boards will work with their employees to reach these targets with priority given to natural attrition, the abolition of vacant positions, voluntary redundancies and redeployment," Mr Springborg said.

Mr Fossen said the six people from Public Health office in Hervey Bay that were told their jobs were going on Friday are among the 1200 being cut from Queensland Health's corporate office.

Today's State Parliament sitting will be broadcast live at parliament.qld.gov.au today.



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