Shadow minister calls on nurses

EMERALD Hospital staff left feeling angry and demoralised by the Bligh Government’s health payroll disaster have been urged to make contact with the LNP.

Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle said he empathised with local Queensland Health workers who were still angry one year, two months and 19 days after the Premier assured victims her Labor government would “work day and night” to fix the payroll system, yet the system was still a debacle.

“Four hundred and forty-five days have now passed since the Premier’s failed promise and still Queensland Health workers in Emerald are suffering,” Mr McArdle said.

“Labor continues to prove what they promise and what they deliver are two different things.”

Mr McArdle was concerned for nurses after reports one worker was told she owed Queensland Health $4000 after they failed to pay her a wage.

“It is critical to respect and support valuable staff in regional and rural hospitals,” said Mr McArdle.

“The first way to do that is to pay our priceless health workers the right amount at the right time.

“Even the embattled Health Minister in March this year claimed the payroll system was ‘stabilised and continuing to make a range of significant improvements’. Yet still we have the farcical situation of employees who are being asked to hand back supposed overpayments but have actually been underpaid for overtime.

“I am calling on the Queensland Health staff in Emerald to contact me and tell me their horrid payroll experiences under this inept Bligh Labor Government.”

Mr McArdle can be contacted by phoning 5491 2780 or email

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