Feature

Wide Bay public health sector not at risk of job cuts

The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board has said there will be no job cuts until at least the end of this financial year.
The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board has said there will be no job cuts until at least the end of this financial year. Alistair Brightman

THERE will be no forced redundancies in the public health sector until at least the end of the current financial year.

With rumours rife in the public health sector that 80-100 jobs are at risk, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service boss Adrian Pennington's declaration that jobs were safe in the short term will calm tensions.

Though there have been cutbacks in health such as the axing of the pathology unit in Maryborough Hospital, these services do not sit under the WBHHS jurisdiction.

Roles are becoming vacant due to natural attrition, Mr Pennington said, but WBHHS workers would be quarantined from job cuts until an analysis of the region's needs was done.

"Jobs are safe in the short term, there will be no cuts as part of cuts to Queensland Health," Mr Pennington said.

"Wide Bay has never delivered a balanced budget, or a surplus budget, though the financial situation improved dramatically under, former CEO Ken Whelan in the past two years.

"The key priority at the moment is to achieve an end of financial year balancing of the books. If we can deliver that there is no need for job losses this financial year."

One of the key objectives to streamlining the WBHHS budgets is a move to bring more full time equivalent positions onto the pay roll to replace locums.

A general practitioner who signs on for a locum in the public health sector is paid $2000-$3000 a day.

Mr Pennington said replacing locum positions within the WBHHS could generate up to $5m in savings.

He said there were social benefits that flowed from health workers being part of the community they worked for.

Topics:  job cuts, jobs news, queensland health



Snapper grom aiming high

TALENTED: Snapper surfrider Pacha Light is representing Australia at next month's World ISA junior titles at the Azore Islands in Portugal.

Surf Scene: Pacha Light on her way to the worlds

Students sleeping rough for homeless

SCU Gold Coast chaplain Kate Morris, Masters of Social Work student Angie Walker and YHAF CEO John Lee.

Students sleeping rough for a cause

Latest deals and offers

Johnny Depp 'deeply respects' Amber Heard

Celebrity

Amber Heard gives away $7 million settlement to charity

The true cost of 60 Minutes debacle revealed

It's a bill that would make even a silk tied barrister blush

Kirk Douglas is defiant, fierce and still standing

VETERAN ACTOR: Kirk Douglas has had a long and varied career.

Kirk Douglas has out-lived almost all his contemporaries

The Hard Word reviews Kyzer Soze

Kyzer Soze are playing Brisbane tomorrow at the Crowbar in Fortitude Valley. Photo Contributed

Kyzer Soze summon the evil for this mighty slab of death metal

Britney Spears 'almost drowned' in Hawaii

Britney Spears has revealed she 'almost drowned' while on holiday

Doco reveals real story behind Black Hawk Down

Former Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant shares his story, which helped to inspire the movie Black Hawk Down, in the TV series No Man Left Behind.

FORMER pilot recounts ordeal which inspired a Hollywood movie.

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m

Guess which Sunshine Coast suburb cracked the million dollar list?

This four-bedroom home at 26 McAnally Dr, Sunshine Beach was for sale for $7 million.

List of Australia's five most-expensive suburbs

Does it get any better than this? Check out this $2M home

LUXURY LIVING: The Coral Cove home built by Steve Coates Constructions that took out the best home over $2 million and the Wide Bay Burnett House of the Year at the Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Housing and Construction Awards.

Wide Bay's best home is right on our doorstep