THE embattled Queensland Health, scrambling to recover $108 million statewide, has set its sights on central Queensland with a call for staff to apply for voluntary redundancy packages.
Queensland Nurses' Union acting secretary Des Elder said more positions were set to be cut as the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services board sought to recover a $4.8m funding gap it said was caused by the Federal Government.
The QNU confirmed three positions had been cut since late last year, with another two in the crosshairs.
"It will have quite a dramatic effect on people trying to navigate the health system," Mr Elder said.
As well as the redundant Emerald Community Health Interface Program nurse, palliative care co-ordinator and childhood immunisation nurse, Emerald's wound care and cardiac rehabilitation nurses were under review, he added.
"Those services provide essential services to the rural and regional communities through health programs, early interventions and referrals," Mr Elder said.
Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire said the State Government had failed to involve the council in any deliberations about services and would have to wait until further announcements for more information.
But he said he would take up the issue with Premier Campbell Newman on Friday when he was in Emerald.
I would hate to see any loss of services in Emerald, Springsure, Blackwater and the Gemfields, especially when we are in a growing region.
Mayor Peter Maguire
"Health was an issue we were going to ask about anyway," Cr Maguire said.
But Central Queensland Medicare Local deputy chairman Dr Ewen McPhee said the health sector had previously made moves towards privatisation including transferring the Emerald Hospital's diabetic and podiatry services to the CQML, and activating early referrals for emergency department patients to general practitioners.
"It is unsettling but ultimately we should be able to preserve the health dollar for where it is really needed and reduce the waste and inefficiencies that have existed in the system for a long time," Dr McPhee said.
"If people are concerned then they should talk to the politicians, Maree Geraghty and her officers, or the chair of the board, Charles Ware."
The QNU yesterday said 60 positions were to be cut from the Townsville Hospital, with more than 19 nursing and midwifery positions in rural and community health services, and more than five in cancer care units.
No hospitals in the Isaac region are believed to be impacted by the changes.
Staff have until February 4 to apply for voluntary redundancies.
This great allotment is priced to sell. Located in a well sought after area of Norman Gardens in Fairfield Estate and surrounded by quality homes, it won't last...
If you have been looking for that something special in your new home this home is a must for you to inspect. Features include, 4 built-in bedrooms(main with...
Offering a prime opportunity to add this executive apartment to your property portfolio, we present this sophisticated stylish one bedroom suite. A premium CBD...
This two bedroom and sleepout cottage may need a bit of TLC however there is Parkland across the road and if you need room for vehicles, boats, trailers or spare...
Imagine coming home to a quiet neighbourhood located in the lovely Frenchville to a home that has been impeccably looked after, with enough space for everyone!
This sizeable block of land is situated in a very prominent Frenchville precinct. Capturing views across the city and nestled in a private cul-de-sac this is the...
Welcome to this immaculately presented home providing luxurious, spacious living. This home is located in well sought-after Park Ridge Estate, Rockyview set back...
This huge brick and tile 5 bedroom home is fully air-conditioned and is approx 349m2 of inside living areas plus the double remote garage and undercover...
Modern luxury has never been so attainable with this gloriously detailed one bedroom apartment in the heart of Rockhampton's vibrant CBD. Revel in picturesque...
This fantastic property offers so much versatility- perfect as a wonderful family home on a huge block of land -1268m2- perfect for shed, pool, tennis court- the...
Join the Community.
Get your local news, your way.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.