State Govt axes nursing jobs

The Emerald Hospital.
The Emerald Hospital. Contributed

EMERALD Hospital has become the latest victim of the State Government's cost-cutting frenzy.

Three nursing positions were axed from the hospital, as the government moved in on the public sector, in an attempt to ease the state's dwindling finances.

The terminated positions include cardiac rehabilitation facilitator/registered nurse, cancer care/palliative car co-ordinator/RN, wound care RN and the nurse immuniser/RN.

The cuts will be effective from July 1. Responding to a question about the nurse cuts, Health Minister Lawrence Springborg told parliament some districts in Queensland were well over their staff establishment.

"...if you look across our districts in the state of Queensland, of where those districts in the last 12 months or so have been well and truly over their staff establishment of 1500 or more," he said.

"I have indicated clearly to them that they are going to have to use growth to manage back within their establishment."

Premier Campbell Newman revealed on Tuesday, Queensland had 20,000 more public servants than it could afford.

It was the first time he had pinpointed how many positions were at risk of being culled, since the LNP embarked on its cost saving mission.

The Queensland Council of Unions expects Rockhampton, along with Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Cairns and Mackay, will be hit hard by the public sector reduction.

President John Battams said regional towns could lose between 300 and 500 public servants.

"For most provincial towns, where the provincial offices of government are, between 350 and 500 jobs will go in the main provincial cities in Queensland," he said.



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